Polling shows 2010 race for governor will be competitive
The survey also shows Byrne leading Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks 41-27, but the commissioner performs better with white voters than Davis, who would be Alabama's first black governor.
"These numbers indicate Alabama is going to have a quite vibrant race for governor next year," said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm. "Most of these matches look to be competitive at this early stage."
Democrats also have trouble winning over white voters, which would need to improve for Democrats to take back the governor's seat, according to a release from Public Policy Polling.
At least 30 percent of independents are undecided in each of the potential match ups, which the release states will lead to a "tight battle next fall to pick up voters in the middle."
The poll does indicate many people are undecided with as many as 39 percent of people in some potential match ups not knowing who they would vote for.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Republicans with 38 percent responding Democrats.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen