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Campaigns Mount Last Weekend Efforts in CD1 Race

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday former Alabama State Senator and head of the state’s two year college system, Bradley Byrne was endorsed by the ‘Mobile Press-Register.’

The newspaper wrote, “Bradley Byrne has been in the arena, not just on the edge of it. He’s what Coastal Alabama needs right now.”

The Byrne campaign also claimed the prize for the best social media presence.

Characteristically the Quinn Hillyer campaign announced more national endorsements:

The founder and President of Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly said, “Quin’s articulate conservative voice shows he’s the right man to represent the first district. From his support for the unborn to limiting the size of government to ensuring that illegal aliens are subject to the law, Quin knows the issues facing America and is willing to address them head-on.”

Tim Macy, the vice president of the Gun Owners of America, said Hillyer, “Will lead the charge to protect the Second Amendment right of all law abiding Americans while in Congress. Quin will be that pro-Second Amendment voice we need in Washington.”

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Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin said, “Quin Hillyer would be a tremendous member of Congress. He’s smart. He’s a constitutionalist. He’s a decent human being. I cannot support him strongly enough. … He’s absolutely terrific.”

60 Plus Association Spokesman Pat Boone announced that Hillyer has won the organization’s Honorary Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award. “I’m still singing in concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Quin Hillyer.” The president of 60 Plus, Jim Martin said, “Quin Hillyer can be counted on to preserve Social Security and Medicare, and fight to repeal Obamacare and end the ‘death tax.’”

The Dean Young Campaign is asking on Facebook for each of their supporters to contact 100 of their friends, family members, business associates, etc to ask them to turnout for Young. The campaign hopes that a heavy turnout of conservative Christians can help Young exceed the 12.1% of the vote that Cygnal indicates Young has earned in polling taken last week.

On Saturday, Alabama State Representative Chad Fincher (R) from Semmes held a rally with his supporters. On Twitter, Fincher thanked his supporters for the large turnout.

On Tuesday, Republican voters will decide between Quin Hillyer, Dean Young, Bradley Byrne, Wells Griffith, Jessica James, Daniel Dyas, David Thornton, and Sharon Powe. Due to the numbers in the Republican primary most political observers expect that there will likely be a Republican runoff. Recent polling indicates that Bradley Byrne is likely to be in that runoff if he can get his voters to the polls on Tuesday. The other spot in the Republican runoff is entirely up for grabs, with Fincher having a very slight lead over the other contenders for that last likely runoff spot.

The ultimate winner of the Republican Primary will face either Burton Leflore or Lula Albert Kaigler, who face each other Tuesday in the Democratic Party Primary. Independent James Hall is still trying to collect the 5,934 First Congressional District voter signatures he needs in order to get on the ballot. The First Congressional District has been in Republican hands since 1965.

Congressional District One became vacant when Representative Jo Bonner (R) retired to take a position with the University of Alabama System. The winner of the fall special election will have to run again in next year’s election.

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Polls will open at 7:00 am on Tuesday and close at 7:00 pm.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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