By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, November 3, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) urged voters to vote straight Republican.
Congressman Byrne said on social media, “I will be voting a straight Republican ticket on Tuesday, and I hope you will do the same. We have had enough of the government-knows-best policies of the last eight years. It is time we have a Republican in the White House to go along with our Republican controlled Congress.”
After a released videotape revealed that GOP Presidential nominee Donald J.Trump had used the p-word and joked that his celebrity meant that he could just grab women by their (insert p-word here) and get away with it; Rep. Byrne had appeared to distance himself from Trump; but quickly reversed that position.
In October, US Senate candidate Ron Crumpton (D) predicted that the p-word scandal would drive more voters to the Democratic Party: “Regardless of the endgame it is going to drive down Republican turnout in November, and the turmoil will push record numbers of independents to vote a straight Democratic ticket.” Crumpton is challenging incumbent Senator Richard Shelby (R).
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan never wavered in her support for the GOP ticket saying, “It’s time to choose a direction for America. It is imperative that we look ahead to envision what a United States Supreme Court would look like with liberal Hillary Clinton judges. As mentioned by Mr. Trump in his strong debate performance, we must defend our second amendment rights, have a get tough foreign policy, stand strong against crime, enforce our immigration laws, lower our taxes, reign in the power of a runaway government and stop the spiraling out of control cost of Obamacare from crushing our families.”
As the crude language scandal has died down, Trump has climbed in the polls nationally. As of Thursday, the race was polling 45 percent for Clinton to 43 percent for Trump (in four candidate polling). Turnout, particularly in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia could swing the presidential election to either candidate.
Alabama allows straight ticket voting. You can simply mark by the Republican or Democratic Party and all of the candidates of those parties will get your vote.
Congressman Byrne represents Alabama’s First Congressional District.
Voters go to the polls on Tuesay, November 8.