U.S. House District 2 candidate Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) has made his first media purchase of the 2024 election cycle, according to FCC records obtained by 1819 News.

Daniels is the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for District 2. However, the media buy should still help him stand out in the crowded field of 21 candidates, 13 of whom are Democrats.

Daniels currently serves as the Minority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives and, like other candidates, does not reside in the newly drawn District 2. According to the state constitution, candidates must live in the state but do not have to reside in the district they represent.

Still, Daniels has been touting his Bullock County roots to connect with the voters in the Second District, arguing he can use what he's learned in Huntsville to their advantage.

"I'm one of them, I was born there; they gave me my start. They made me who I am," Daniels said of Bullock County.

It will be up to the voters in District 2 to decide if Daniels will be their nominee and if they're willing to risk a general election with a candidate who lives in Huntsville. Five other Democratic candidates running in the primary also reside outside the district.

State Rep. Napoleon Bracy (D-Prichard) lives in Mobile County, State Sen. Merika Coleman (D-Pleasant Grove) and State Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham) both reside in Jefferson County, and State Rep. Jeremy Gray (D-Opelika) lives in Lee County.

The newly formed 2nd Congressional District has drawn many eyes not just in Alabama but nationally as well, meaning votes can expect national money from both political sides to be involved in trying to win the seat in next year's battle for control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Alabama Primary Elections for both parties will be held on March 5, 2024.

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