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ALABAMA

alabamaPopulation: 4,858,979 (2015)

Filing deadline: November 6, 2015.

Primary: March 1, 2016.

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Alabama (R+14) is a state with strong Democratic roots that has gone heavily Republican in the last 20 years. Republicans have replaced traditional, conservative Democrats to the point where there are scarcely any competitive Dems left on the statewide level. In 2010, Alabamas population was 69% White and 26% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 9. Ala­bama is a safe state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Jeff Sessions. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Sessions. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Jeff Ses­sions (R)
Committees
: Budget (Chair), Armed Forces, Judiciary, Environment.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeff Ses­sions

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer Jeff Sessions (b.1946) was first elected to the Senate in 1996. Before that, he was the state’s Attorney General. Sessions was re-elected without any Democratic opposition in 2014.

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Richard Shelby. (Pic: Congress)

Richard Shelby. (Pic: Congress)

Senator klasse 3: Richard Shelby (R)
Committees
: Banking & Housing (Chair), Appropriatons, Rules.

Democratic nomineeRon Crumpton
Republican nominee: Richard Shelby

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Richard Shelby (b.1934) was elected to the House as a Democrat in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1986. He switched parties in 1994 and has since cruised to re-election as a Republican. The Democrats are running patient rights activist Ron Crumpton.office

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House of Representatives: 7 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 6 Republicans.

Bradley Byrne. (Pic: Congress)

Bradley Byrne. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
RepresentativeBradley Byrne (R)
Committees
: Armed Forces, Education, Natural Resources, Rules.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeBradley Byrne

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+15)  covers the southwestern parts of the state, including Mobile. It is 68% White and 28% Black. Lawyer and State Senator Bradley Byrne (b.1955) was first elected in a special election in 2013 and took 68% in 2014.

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Martha Roby. (Pic: Congress)

Martha Roby. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Martha Roby (R)
Committees
: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Nathan Mathis
Republican nominee: Martha Roby

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+17) covers the southeastern parts of the state, including parts of Mon­t­gomery. It is 67% White and 29% Black. Lawyer and Montgomery City Council member Martha Roby (b.1976) knocked out a conservadem in 2010, and was re-elected with 66% in 2014. The Democratic nominee is former State Representantive Nathan Mathis.

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Mike Rogers. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Rogers. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Mike Rogers (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Homeland Security.

Democratic nomineeJesse Smith
Republican nominee: Mike Rogers

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+16) covers the central, eastern parts of the state, including the cities of Auburn, Tal­ladega and Tuskegee. It is 65% White and 32% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mike Rogers (b.1958) was first elected in 2002 and got 66% in 2014. Veteran Jesse Smith is running for the Democrats.

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Robert Aderholt. (Pic: Congress)

Robert Aderholt. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Robert Aderholt (R)
Committees
: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Robert Ader­holt

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+28) runs like a thin ribbon across the north of Ala­bama from east to west. It contains the northern parts of Birmingham and suburbs of Decatur and Huntsville. It is 90% White and 5% Black. Lawyer and judge Robert Aderholt (b.1965) took the seat for the GOP in 1996, and has met with little resistance since. He had no Democratic opponents in 2014.

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Mo Brooks. (Pic: Congress)

Mo Brooks. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Mo Brooks (R)
Committees
: Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, Science.

Democratic nomineeWill Boyd
Republican nominee: Mo Brooks

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+17) runs across the north of the state along the Tennessee border and contains most of Hunts­ville. It is 78% White and 17% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mo Brooks (b.1954) knocked out a partyswitching conservadem in the GOP primary in 2010 and was subsequently elected to Congress. He received 75% in 2014. Will Boyd, who was formerly active in Illinois politics, is running for he Democrats.

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Gary Palmer. (Pic: Congress)

Gary Palmer. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Gary Palmer (R)
Committees: Budget, Oversight, Science.

Democratic nominee: David Putnam
Republican nomineeGary Palmer

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (R+28) covers central parts of Ala­bama and almost surrounds Bir­mingham. It is 89% White and 8% Black. Former think tank leader Gary Palmer (f.1954) took the seat in 2014 with 76%. The Democrats are running retiree David Putnam.

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Terri Sewell. (Pic: Congress)

Terri Sewell. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Terri Sewell (D)
Committees
: Intelligence, Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Terri Sewell
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The district (D+19) contains most of Bir­mingham, plus the central western parts of the state, including most of Tus­caloosa. The seat has long been a vote sink for African Americans, who make up 62% of the district, while 36% are White. Lawyer Terri Sewell (b.1965) was first elected in 2010. and had no GOP opponent in 2014.

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STATE LEVEL

Robert Bentley. (Pic: State of AL)

Robert Bentley. (Pic: State of AL)

Governor: Robert Bentley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Physican and State Representative Robert Bentley (b.1943) was first elected i 2010 and re-elected in 2010 with 64%. He is term limited in 2018.

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Kay Ivey. (Pic: State of AL)

Kay Ivey. (Pic: State of AL)

Lieutenant Governor: Kay Ivey (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governor is nominated and elected separately from the Governor. State Auditor Kay Ivey (b.1944) became LT in 2010 and was re-elected with 63% in 2014. She is term limited in 2018.

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John Merrill. (Pic: State of AL)

John Merrill. (Pic: State of AL)

Secretary of State: John Merrill (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeJohn Merrill

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
State Representative John Merrill (b.1963) was elected SoS in 2014 with 64%.

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Luther Strange. (Pic: State of AL)

Luther Strange. (Pic: State of AL)

Attorney General: Luther Strange (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer Luther Strange (b.1953) was first elected in 2010 and re-eleted with 59% in 2014. He is term limited in 2018.

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Young Boozer. (Pic: State of AL)

Young Boozer. (Pic: State of AL)

Treasurer: Young Boozer (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Economist Young Boozer (b.1948) was first elected in 2010 and had no Democratic opposition in 2014. He is term limited in 2018.

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Jim Zeigler. (Pic: State of AL)

Jim Zeigler. (Pic: State of AL)

Auditor: Jim Zeigler (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeJim Zeigler

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer Jim Zeigler (b.1948) was elected with 63% in 2014. Zeigler ran and lost narrowly in six other races earlier, which earned him the nickname “Mr. 49%”.

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John McMillan. (Pic: State of AL)

John McMillan. (Pic: State of AL)

Commissioner of Agriculture & Indu­stries: John McMillan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
County Commisioner and Chief Executive of Alabama’s Forestry Association John McMillan (b.1941) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 65% in 2014. He is term limited in 2018.

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Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. (Pic: State of AL)

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. (Pic: State of AL)

Public Service Commissioner: Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
The President of Alabama’s Public Service Commission is elected during Presidential elections. Businesswoman Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh was first elected in 2010 and then elected President in 2012, when she beat the serving Democrat with  54%.

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Jeremy Oden. (Pic: State of AL)

Jeremy Oden. (Pic: State of AL)

Public Service Commissioner: Jeremy Oden (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeremy Oden

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Businessman and State Representative Jeremy Oden (b.1968) was appointed in 2012 and had no Democratic opponent in 2014.

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Chip Beeker. (Pic: State of AL)

Chip Beeker. (Pic: State of AL)

Public Service Commissioner: Chip Beeker (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Chip Beeker

Rating May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Businessman and County Commissioner Chip Beeker knocked out the incumbent Republican in the primary in 2014 and had no Democratic opposition in November.

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State Senate: 35 (8D / 26R / 1U). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.
State House: 105 (33D / 72R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.

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