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Judge Tosses Artur Davis’ Suit Against Alabama Democrats

Former Democratic congressman from Alabama Artur Davis speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.  

“The Board is well within its discretion to conclude that allowing a prodigal son to run against a Democratic stalwart is not beneficial to the party,” Hobbs ruled  Tuesday, denying Davis' petition for relief from those who’ve blocked his return into the Democratic fold.

Artur Davis Determined to Win Grudge Match With Democratic Leader

Davis, shown here speaking to the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, is suing to get back into the Democratic Party.(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Artur Davis says there’s a very simple reason the Alabama Democratic Party won’t bend on letting him back into the fold: Power broker Joe Reed wants to clear a path for his son, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven L. Reed, to run for mayor in 2019.  

The four-term House lawmaker for weeks has been embroiled in a tug-of-war with party leaders after being denied the opportunity to rejoin the ranks. Davis defected to the GOP in 2012 but wants back in so he can challenge incumbent Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Harris for the District 1 seat.  

Artur Davis Goes to Court to Get Back Into Democratic Party

Former Democratic Congressman Davis speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Should a desperation move to crowbar his way into local politics fail next week, former Rep. Artur Davis may attempt to drag Democrat leaders before the state Supreme Court.  

“If I’m successful, we’ll be taking our case to voters in District 1,” Davis told the Montgomery Advertiser . “If I’m not successful, there’s another court down the street I’d be willing to talk to, the Alabama Supreme Court. If I’m unsuccessful in the judicial process, then I’m unsuccessful.”  

Without an Opponent, Jeff Sessions Still Spends

(Courtesy Sessions campaign)

How does a senator running unopposed for re-election in a red state during a good year for Republicans manage to spend nearly $1 million?  

It adds up fast.  

Victory Is in the Eye of the Beholder in New Jersey, Virginia and Alabama

McAuliffe, left, and Christie won last night. (Getty Images)

Tuesday’s election results offer something for everyone.

Democrats can look at Virginia and conclude that Republican “extremism” on social issues like abortion, contraception and guns, combined with the deep divisions that appeared in the Alabama 1st District GOP primary results, continue to offer them opportunities for 2014 and virtually guarantee victory in 2016.

Alabama Special Election Scheduled #AL01

Election officials have scheduled the race to replace Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., who will resign from Congress on Aug. 2.

The primary election will most likely decide who will succeed Bonner, as this is a heavily Republican district.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the South

This cycle, the South is dominated by competitive Senate races. That doesn’t mean there won’t be critical House races (including Florida’s 18th and 26th districts) or other interesting contests (such as the crowded Republican primary in Georgia).

Here are the top five races to watch in the South next year:

Alabama: Spencer Bachus Holds On to Avoid Runoff

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus held on to victory in tonight's GOP primary in Alabama's 6th district, clinching the nomination outright and avoiding a runoff after heavily outspending his most serious challenger.

Bachus led state Sen. Scott Beason 58.5 percent to 27 percent, with 79 percent of precincts reporting. Four other candidates were also on the GOP primary ballot. To avoid a runoff, a candidate has to get more than 50 percent of ballots cast.