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Democrats Hope to Break Republican Super Majority in State Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After a century plus of Democratic Party rule in the State legislature, Alabama voters gave Republicans control of both Houses of the Alabama Legislature. Not just control, but super-majority control. Alabama Democrats have spent the last four years planning to take back control and they get their chance on Tuesday, November 4. Voters will go to the polls to decide which political party is best suited to lead the State for the next four years.

In District 1 incumbent Tammy Irons (D) is not running again. District 1 voters get to choose between Tim Melson (R) and Mike Curtis (D).

In District 2 Bill Holtzclaw (R) returns to the Senate with no opposition.

In District 3 Arthur Orr (R) returns to the Senate unopposed.

In District 4 Paul Bussman (R) faces Angelo Mancuso (D).

In District 5 Greg Reed (R) returns to the Senate with no Democratic opponent.

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In District 6 Dr. Larry Stutts (R) is challenging longtime incumbent Roger Bedford, Jr. (D).

In District 7 incumbent Paul Sanford (R) faces a challenge from Bryan Bennett (D).

In District 8 incumbent Sen. Shadrack McGill did not seek re-election. Steve Livingston (R) faces Horace Clemmons (D).

In District 9 Clay Scofield (R) returns to the Senate unopposed.

In District 10 incumbent Sen. Phil Williams (R) faces a challenge from former Senator Larry Means (D).

In District 11 incumbent Sen. Jerry Fielding (R) was defeated in the GOP Primary by State Representative Jim McClendon (R from Springville). McClendon faces Ron Crumpton (D) in the November 4 General election.

In District 12 incumbent Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R) faces a challenge from Taylor Stewart (D).

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In District 13 Sen. Gerald Dial (R) faces Darrell Turner (D) and former state Representative Bill Fuller (I).

In District 14 Cam Ward (R) returns to the Senate unopposed.

In District 15 Slade Blackwell (R) returns to the Senate with no opponent.

In District 16 powerful Senate Rules Committee Chairman J.T. Jabo Waggoner (R) faces challenger Cindy Bell (D).

In District 17 Senator Scott Beason (R from Gardendale) chose not to run again.

Shay Shelnutt (R) won a heavily contested Republican Primary and heads to the Senate without a Democratic opponent.

In District 18 incumbent Rodger Smitherman (D) returns to the Senate with no Republican opponent.

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In District 19 Priscilla Dunn (D) returns to the Senate with no Republican opposition.

In District 20 Linda Coleman (D) returns to the Senate unopposed.

In District 21 incumbent Gerald Allen faces a challenge from Phil Poole (D).

In District 22 incumbent Sen. Mark Keahey (D) chose not to seek another term.

Greg Albritton (R) faces Susan Smith (D) on the ballot on Tuesday.

In District 23 Sen. Henry “Hank” Sanders (D) returns to the Senate with no GOP opponent.

In District 24 Bobby Singleton (D) returns to the Senate unopposed.

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In District 25 incumbent Dick Brewbaker (R) has no Democratic opponent.

In District 26 Quinton Ross (D) returns to the Senate without facing a Republican opponent.

In District 27 incumbent Tom Whatley (R) faces Haylee Moss (D).

In District 28 Billy Beasley (D) faces challenger John Savage (R).

In District 29 Melinda McClendon (R) is challenging incumbent Harri Anne Smith (I).

In District 30 incumbent Bryan Taylor chose not to run again. Clyde Chambliss, Jr. (R) faces Bryan Morgan (I) for the open seat.

In District 31 Jimmy Holley (R) faces a challenge from Larry Greenwood (D).

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In District 32 Trip Pittman (R) faces a challenge by Kimberly McCuiston (I).

In District 33 Vivian Figures (D) has no Republican opponent.

In District 34 Rusty Glover (R) returns to the Senate without a Democratic challenger.

In District 35 incumbent Bill Hightower (R) faces Beau Doolittle (D).

Written By

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

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