By Melanie Posey
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Less than 12 hours after winning the nod as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ron Sparks was speaking to the media about what it will take to win it all.
"We've worked hard 16 to 17 hours a day," Sparks told reporters. "We know what it takes to win a statewide race. It's not going to happen with fancy speeches. It's not going to happen with fancy slogans. It's going to take hard work and we're prepared to do that."
Sparks won a decisive victory over Congressman Artur Davis, winning more than 60 percent of the vote. But Democratic Party officials say Davis' defeat actually came in March.
"You can never win a race, in my opinion, if you desert your base" says Ronnie Yarbrough, Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. "And when he deserted his base with the healthcare vote, it turned party activists off who weren't even fired up about the healthcare vote."
As for Ron Sparks, Yarbrough says he must now focus on raising more money than his Republican opponent. "He's going to have to get his funding act together. He's got the message. He's got the personality. He's an average Alabamian, he's just got to raise the money now to convey that message."
Sparks is confident he has what it takes to win, no matter who he faces off against.
"I don't think anyone running in this race can work with the legislature better than me. And I believe we can pass this along in the legislature that's never been passed before. But you've got to have leadership and I have that."
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