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Moore to run against Carl in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District

Moore currently represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. But that was before Alabama got a new congressional map.

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore, left, and U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, right.
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Alabama’s new congressional maps are set to pit two incumbents against one another. U.S. Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, announced that he is challenging U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District seat in the upcoming 2024 election.

Moore currently represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. But that was before Alabama redrew its congressional map at the behest of the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal court that found that the 2021 map diluted Black voting power. A new map was redrawn in October that changed the voter demographics of the 2nd Congressional District to give Black voters a better chance to vote for a candidate of their choosing.

District 1 now is a more conservative voting bloc, and it encompasses both Moore and Carl’s homes. Moore made his announcement on Oct. 30. Moore said his record as a “true conservative” and experience taking on the “swamp” will help him as he challenges for the seat.

“The new AL-01 needs an effective conservative fighter who is willing to take on the swamp and put people over politics,” Moore said in a press release. “That is why today I filed to run for re-election. Thanks to Biden’s failed policies, our nation is $33 trillion in debt, our borders are wide open, global conflict is rampant, and Alabamians are worried about their own government weaponizing against them. We have a lot to do in Washington to get our country back on track, and my record shows I’ll never clock out when there is work to be done.”

Moore also released a video alongside his wife, Heather Moore, announcing his re-election campaign for the seat, which comes nine years after he received a not-guilty verdict in a case where he was charged with perjury. In the video, Moore references his not-guilty verdict and the current criminal charges that former President Donald Trump is facing. Moore said the system is being weaponized against Trump and that voters need to send House Freedom Caucus members like Moore to Congress to be allies for the former president.

“President Trump needs allies,” Moore said. “And we need to elect House Freedom Caucus Members who can go to Washington D.C. who will put the American people first, who will secure the border, balance the budget and stand with President Trump to save this nation. That is our hope.”

Carl, who has been in office since 2021, said he welcomes Moore’s challenge and has a proven record of success for both Alabama and the 1st Congressional District.

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“Bring it on,” Carl said. “I have a proven track record of putting Alabama first every day and delivering conservative results for Alabama’s First Congressional District,” Carl stated regarding Moore’s challenge. “I’m not afraid to fight Biden’s radical, out-of-touch ideas or whatever else comes my way.”

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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