Ron Sparks defeats Artur Davis

By Dennis Washington

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Ron Sparks defeated congressman Artur Davis in the bid to become the Democrat candidate for governor of Alabama Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Ron Sparks had 62 percent of the votes to 38 percent for Artur Davis in the Democrat primary for governor.

Davis conceeded defeat in a speech shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday at his campaign headquarters in Birmingham, offering his congratulations to Sparks.

"We need to fix things in Alabama and we need to go forward, and I urge you to get behind Sparks to make that happen," Davis said.

Minutes later, Sparks greeted his supporters from his campaign headquarters in Montgomery, thanking them for their hard work.

"We worked hard, we fussed hard, we cried hard," Sparks said. "Thank you for allowing me to be in the position I'm in."

The person who will face Sparks in the November general election was not yet decided.  On the Republican side, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Bradley Byrne had 28 percent of the vote, followed by Robert Bentley at 25 percent and Tim James at 25 percent. Roy Moore was in fourth with 19 percent.

Only 140 votes seperated Bentley and James.

The top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on Tuesday, July 13.

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