GOP keeps House seat in Alabama in party hands
December 18th, 2013
08:07 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP keeps House seat in Alabama in party hands

(CNN) - A Republican congressional candidate from Alabama, who last month won a bruising GOP primary battle, is now headed to Capitol Hill.

Bradley Byrne easily topped Democrat Burton LeFlore in a special election Tuesday to fill Alabama's vacant first congressional district seat. Byrne will succeed Republican former six-term Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned from Congress in August to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

Byrne is a lawyer and former state senator who made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2010.

In November Byrne came out on top in a Republican primary over real estate developer Dean Young. Some members of the House Republican leadership, such as Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, supported Byrne. And the U.S. Chamber of Congress launched ads backing him.

Young, who enjoyed tea party support, had made headlines by saying he believed that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and by adding that he wouldn't support having John Boehner continue as House Speaker. The primary runoff was characterized as a battle between the establishment vs. tea party and grassroots.

Byrne's victory in the general election was never in doubt. The Mobile area district is considered safe for Republicans, with Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney easily winning the district in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It's Alabama for Christ sake. What else did you expect? It's a safe district. No news here.

    December 18, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. current state of the union

    Isn't this the state that receives $1.92 in federal aide for every dollar they give, deep red, wow! This is why people call the gop base uneducated, or poor Republicans, they are lost without that vote. They say the welfare states are all Democratic voters, whatever, they get their share of welfare votes.

    December 18, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's really a joke on all of us that anybody would still be dumb enough to still vote for the do nothing Republican Party. I guess the people in Georgia can put themselves in the dumb voter catagory!!!!!

    December 18, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. smith

    So much for democrats turning the south blue (an article put up yesterday). The bad effects from the ACA will cause states like-VA, PA, OH, and FL to go purple and then red. Thats why Christie will win 2016. The gop only needs to flip a few states and they win. The current and future debacle of the ACA will allow this to happend.

    December 18, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    When a person travels to third world areas like Mississippi and Alabama, do they need a passport or just a drivers license?

    December 18, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. rs

    Red candidate wins in Red state. Details at 11!

    December 18, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    So much for democrats turning the south blue (an article put up yesterday). The bad effects from the ACA will cause states like-VA, PA, OH, and FL to go purple and then red. Thats why Christie will win 2016. The gop only needs to flip a few states and they win. The current and future debacle of the ACA will allow this to happend.
    ******************
    I guess you forgot the part about where the GOP actually has to offer something in its place. Do you really think that the GOP can sustain the anger over the ACA rollout for 3 years and then have nothing to offer as an alternative, and then hope they can flip states on one issue? A lot can happen in 3 years, and given the GOP's utter lack of ideas and its penchant for screwing up an opportunity handed to them, I would not put money on that if I were you.

    December 18, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    There is joy in right wingnut world today because a republican won in a republican district. Now the brain dead will tell us that the country is turning red.

    December 18, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Aw, Humm,
    current state of the union
    The country is in it's current state because? In the short term the democrats had the congress for 40 years. Now why after 40 years didn't things vastly improve? And to add insult to injury, the liberal's had the vast majority of the power for the last 100 years !! So, educated one, why are we no better off that we were in the 1930's? Old Chinese Proverb. THOSE THAT DON'T LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE BOUND TO REPEAT IT. Latest screw up. Obama talked a good game but had no plan that was practical. Lesson. Busted.

    December 18, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tampa Tim

    There is joy in right wingnut world today because a republican won in a republican district. Now the brain dead will tell us that the country is turning red.
    ********************
    See Smith. Apparently therapy is not helping him, since he's another " independent" masquerading as right-wing stalking horse.

    December 18, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. ST

    @ Dutch/Bad News
    You are quite right, there is no news here. News is something new and grabs everyone's attention. I am all the time asking myself what kind of makeover CNN is trying to make. I liked this News Network very much BUT they are losing us each day which goes by. Sometimes I spare my time to do something else and don't even bother to glance what they have. My 2014 wish is to see CNN come back to what it used to be. I beg them!

    December 18, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Hector Slagg

    Aw, so,
    The (Real) Dumb Tom Pane,
    Kinda hard to explain where a Alabama Congressman Seconded Obama's first Nomination for President and then turned Republican because of huge disappointment in Obama. Catch on yet?

    December 18, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Searcher

    Well TEA-GOP, you can't get more RED (State) than ALABAMA. It's not looking good if you can't win in your back yard!

    December 18, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Hector Slagg

    Aw, so,
    The (Real) Dumb Tom Pane,
    Kinda hard to explain where a Alabama Congressman Seconded Obama's first Nomination for President and then turned Republican because of huge disappointment in Obama. Catch on yet?
    ************************
    I also remember that Artur Davis was upset over what he perceived as a lack of help from the WH in 2010 when he tried to run for governor. It would seem as though Davis had a personal axe to grind, and he found a great way to keep himslef in the public eye was to defect to the GOP, crying the whole way. Maybe you should look at Steve Latourette, who, after he announced he was not running for the House again, stated the GOP had lost its way and was run by extremists. Once again, cutting and pasting your version of the truth, eh Ray E Georgia?

    December 18, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg actually wrote:

    Aw, Humm,
    current state of the union
    The country is in it's current state because? In the short term the democrats had the congress for 40 years. Now why after 40 years didn't things vastly improve?
    ----------------------------
    Is anyone going to tell 'Hector' that Republicans have held the Congress for 14 of the past 20 years. Democrats held for the first two years of Clinton and Obama, and the last two years of Bush, for a total of a mere 6 out of the last 20. Hector blames the Congress for our current economic condition, as do most liberals.

    December 18, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |