According to Ed Kilgore of the notoriously right-wing Five Thirty Eight, Alabama's Democratic primary for governor was somehow impacted by a previously-little-known and notoriously ineffectual player:
It didn't hurt that the winner [Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks] also got considerable help from the Alabama Education Association, the big dog in Alabama Democratic politics.
I don't see how this can be the case. We've been assured by Kevin Drum, an expert on all things Southern, that the AEA is "weak." How on Earth they could be "the big dog in Alabama Democratic politics"--particularly considering that the Democratic Party has maintained uninterrupted control of the Alabama legislature for nearly 140 years--is just inexplicable.
An investigation is clearly in order.
UPDATE: Gloat? Moi?