Congressional qualifying ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, after being extended to Feb. 11, following a court challenge to the redistricting plan. The challenge to the redistricting plan was ultimately rejected by the Supreme Court, so Congressional Districts remain as drawn in a special session in November.
All the incumbents qualified except for Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL05), who is running for U.S. Senate.
In Alabama’s First Congressional District, incumbent Jerry Carl (R) was essentially re-elected without opposition after neither a Republican nor a Democratic challenger qualified for the seat.
The freshman Republican could still face opposition if a minor party or independent candidate were to qualify. The deadline for independents and minor party candidates to qualify is May 24.
In Alabama’s Second Congressional District, incumbent Barry Moore (R) qualified to run for a second term in Congress. He does not have a Republican primary challenger. There are two Democrats who are seeking the seat: Phyllis Harvey-Hall and Vimal Patel. Moore will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election on Nov. 8.
In Alabama’s Third Congressional District, incumbent Mike Rogers (R) qualified for what would be his 11th term in Congress. He faces Michael T. Joyner in the Republican primary and Democrat Lin Veasey in the Nov. 8 general election.
Incumbent Robert Aderholt (R) does not have a primary challenger in the Republican primary as he seeks his 14th term in Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District. There are two Democrats running, Rhonda Gore and Rick Neighbors.
Incumbent Mo Brooks is vacating Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Andy Blalock, John Roberts, Paul Sanford, Dale Strong, Casey Wardynski, and Harrison Wright are all running in the CD5 Republican primary. Ben Gyasi, Charlie Thompson, and Kathy Warner-Stanton are all running for the Democratic party nomination for the open CD5 seat that Democrats consider potentially winnable following redistricting.
In Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District, incumbent Gary Palmer (R) did not have a Republican or Democratic challenger, so he has effectively been re-elected to his fifth term in Congress.
Incumbent Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) faces no Democratic primary challenger in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District. She will face Republican Beatrice Nichols in the Nov. 8 general election. Sewell is seeking her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
There is still a possibility that the Courts could order a Congressional redistricting.
The major party primaries are on May 24.
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