ALABAMA: “Alabama Republican Rep. Parker Griffith was soundly defeated in a Republican primary [last night], the second party switcher to lose an intraparty fight in the past two weeks,” the Washington Post writes.
“Congress lost its second party-switching Member in as many weeks Tuesday when freshman Rep. Parker Griffith was defeated in the Republican primary in Alabama's 5th district,” Roll Call writes.
In the governor’s race, “U.S. Rep. Artur Davis was overwhelmed by a white Democratic primary opponent who had garnered support from the state's four major black political groups. Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks won the Democratic primary with 62 percent of the vote to Davis's 38 percent,” the AP writes.
“Representative Artur Davis of Alabama, who sidestepped the state’s black political leadership in hopes of building a diverse coalition of voters in his campaign for governor, was rejected Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with the state agriculture commissioner, Ron Sparks, seizing a decisive victory,” the New York Times’ Zeleny writes. “Mr. Sparks, who is white, won endorsements from the state’s four major black political groups, while Mr. Davis intentionally declined to seek their support. But his strategy of trying to appeal to a broad base of voters in the primary race fell short, ending his quest to become the state’s first black governor 47 years after Gov. George Wallace stood in the Alabama Capitol and proclaimed ‘segregation forever.’”
MISSISSIPPI: “State Sen. Alan Nunnelee won the Republican nomination for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District seat Tuesday and will try in November to unseat Travis Childers, a Blue Dog Democrat who's being targeted by the national GOP,” the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
NEW MEXICO: “Susana Martinez, a prosecutor from southern New Mexico, won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night and will face Democrat Diane Denish in a general election race deciding who becomes New Mexico's first woman governor,” the AP writes. “It will be the third woman against woman gubernatorial general election matchup in U.S. history.”