Republicans in an open Alabama district yesterday narrowed their candidate field to two.
Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne and real estate developer Dean Young will compete in a party runoff Nov. 5 after emerging as the top two Republicans in a special primary election in the 1st District in and around Mobile.
The winner will be heavily favored to win the Dec. 17 special election in a district that Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent of the vote, according to Political Capital calculations.
Byrne, who had 35 percent of the Republican vote, and Young, who took 23 percent, had residual name recognition from prior political races. Byrne ran for governor in 2010 and Young ran in the 2012 House primary against Rep. Jo Bonner, whose resignation in August triggered the special election.
During the 2012 campaign, Young said he would support impeaching President Barack Obama, according to this story by Alabama political journalist George Talbot.
Alabama’s 1st is one of what soon will be three vacant House districts. In Massachusetts’ 5th, a Democratic bastion, the winner of the Oct. 15 Democratic primary probably will win the Dec. 10 general election and succeed Democrat Ed Markey, who’s now a senator.
Louisiana’s 5th District, a Republican-leaning area including Monroe and Louisiana, will become vacant tomorrow, when Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander resigns to take a position in the administration of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. A first-round election Oct. 19, including candidates of all parties on a single ballot, probably will be followed by a runoff Nov. 16.
The House will have 232 Republicans and 200 Democrats after Alexander resigns tomorrow.