Sparks' decision on Alabama race coming Tuesday

State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks will announce Tuesday whether he will remain in the Democratic race for governor or switch to the 5th Congressional District contest.

Some Democrats in Washington have been encouraging Sparks to change races because U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville switched to the Republican Party last week, and the Democratic Party is looking for an opponent to run in 2010.

Others in Alabama have been encouraging Sparks to stay in the governor's race.

Sparks has scheduled news conferences Tuesday for Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery.

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