Political primaries in Alabama and New Mexico draw national attention

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Alabama and New Mexico hold political primaries today.

In Alabama, a number of noteworthy races: Rep. Parker Griffith will appear on the ballot for the first time as a Republican, after switching from the Democratic party in 2009. But will Alabama Republicans accept him as one of their own? Also in Alabama, Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is attempting to become the state’s first African American nominee for governor. He’s running against Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks.

Plus, two candidates, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James and Dale Peterson, who is also running for Agricultural Commissioner, see their profiles skyrocket after releasing controversial campaign ads.

Pat Duggins is the News Director for Alabama Public Radio. He’s also author of the forthcoming book: ‘Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap.’

In New Mexico, all eyes are on the gubernatorial primary where Republican Susana Martinez has taken the lead. Martinez is a conservative who is tough on immigration and has been endorsed by Sarah Palin.

We’re also joined by Jim Williams, the News Director for KUNM, Public Radio for northern and central New Mexico.

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