03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Oct 28, 2011

Artur Davis Struggling To Escape Race In Deep South Election

After last year's historic presidential campaign, a new season of opportunity seemed at hand for African-American candidates in the South. Not only had a black man been elected president, he had carried Virginia and North Carolina along the way.

But Dixie is slow to yield its traditions and paradoxes, as Rep. Artur Davis is finding as he tries to fashion an Obama-style cross-racial coalition in his bid to become Alabama's first black governor.

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