Alabama Democrats struggle to gain traction in 2022 election cycle
ALABAMA (WHNT) — For more than a decade, the Alabama Democratic Party has struggled to compete in statewide races while posting a steady decline each year.
The 2022 election cycle also appears to show lean times for Democrats. A closer examination of this fact; a Democrat has held a seat in state office only once since 2008.
Democrats are competing in this election cycle. There are six Democratic candidates for governor and three for the US Senate. However, voters in rural southern areas, notably in Alabama, largely identified as Republicans.
In 2021, 52% of voters called themselves Republicans while 26% identified themselves as Democrats. In 2022, only one of the six Democratic candidates for governor, Malika Sanders-Fortier, has a background in politics.
According to the Pew Research Center, Democratic state representatives, who are mostly African American, have identified racism as an issue in election matters. Sanders-Fortier has served four years in the Senate in District 23 representing Selma, who is 82 percent African American.
“There is so much disenfranchisement still in the state. As much as we hate to deal with it, some of it still happens,” notes gubernatorial candidate Yolanda Flowers.
Flowers is a retired rehabilitation counselor and former teacher who has chosen to run for governor. According to the latest Nexstar Emerson College poll results, Flowers holds a substantial lead with a 29% chance for Democratic voters. Democratic voters in Alabama are seeking a presence in the upcoming election primary.
Political analyst David Person told News 19, “I would certainly like to see Democrats in a situation where there is more balance, and there are more opportunities for productive collaboration between well-meaning Democrats and Democrats. well-meaning Republicans so that we can move this state forward.
Flowers added: “Those of us who fight, it wears us out. But we dare not stop fighting just because we see this blessed hope. We see that light at the end of the tunnel.
One person mentioned that the lack of media coverage and lack of funding sources for Democratic candidates also hurt electoral chances. Democrats prefer to focus on state-related issues while Republican ads mostly focus on national issues but have dominated the airwaves.
The state’s primary election is set for May 24.
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