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Alabama rewards House Republicans with another term

Voters handed the GOP victories in every Alabama congressional district in which they ran a candidate.

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Alabama voters reaffirmed their unwavering support for the Republican Party and gave the GOP victories in every Alabama congressional district in which they ran a candidate.

  • In the open 1st Congressional District, Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl defeated Democratic nominee James Averhart 64.6 percent to 35.4 percent.
  • In the open 2nd Congressional District, former State Rep. Barry Moore defeated Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall 65.4 percent to 34.6 percent.
  • In Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, longtime incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, bested Democratic challenger Adia Winfrey 67.6 percent to 32.4 percent.
  • In Alabama’s 4th Congressional District, twelve-term incumbent Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, defeated Democratic challenger Rick Neighbors 83.1 percent to 16.9 percent.

Democrats did not run challengers against popular incumbents Mo Brooks in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District or against Gary Palmer in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.

“I am very proud of the massive work our county parties, state members, elected officials, an army of volunteers and our voters produced as we once again made Alabama history,” Alabama Republican Party Chair Terry Lathan said in a statement.

“We are excited that Alabama will be sending a strong Republican Congressional delegation back to Washington, DC. Our four incumbent Congressmen — Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks and Gary Palmer — will be joined by two new conservative Republican additions: Congressmen-elect Jerry Carl and Barry Moore,” Lathan said. “Additionally, we congratulate Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh for winning her statewide re-election race.”

The Alabama Republican Party has controlled six of Alabama’s seven congressional districts since 2010. Since 2010, the only congressional district that Alabama Democrats hold is the 7th Congressional District, represented since 2011 by Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Alabama. Sewell did not face a Republican challenger.

Most political observers understood that 2020 would be a challenging year for Alabama Democrats given President Donald Trump’s enormous popularity in the state. Republicans also took back the Senate seat, electing former Auburn University coach Tommy Tuberville over Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones.

With Tuberville’s election, Republicans control every statewide elected office in Alabama.

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Trump carried the state 63.5 percent to Joe Biden’s 35.4 percent.

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

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