Alabama Democratic primary in doubt after ‘racist’ Sen. Doug Jones claim

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An ugly racial dispute over the state party’s 2018 leadership could throw Alabama’s Super Tuesday presidential primary contest into chaos and doom Sen. Doug Jones’ reelection bid.

Alabama Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Worley warned if the Democratic National Committee attempts to block Alabama delegates from next year’s convention, “open rebellion” would ensue.

The move came as state party officials accused the national party and Jones of being racist over pressure to increase the representation of Hispanic, Asian, youth, gay, and disabled party members in a new “Diversity Caucus.” State officials argue that the changes the national party want to make to the state party’s executive committee would reduce the influence of black Democrats. More than half of the state party is black.

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