MONTGOMERY — Former State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) and Caroleene Dobson, an attorney and political newcomer, both advanced to the Republican primary runoff in congressional district two on Tuesday.

According to the New York Times, Brewbaker finished in the lead with 39.6%, while Dobson narrowly defeated State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) for second place with 26.5% of the vote. Since no candidate received over 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held on April 16. There were seven candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

Heading into Super Tuesday, some predicted Brewbaker might avoid a runoff by garnering over 50% of the vote.

"I carried seven out of thirteen counties. It's not bad. We hoped we'd get there without a runoff. With seven candidates, that's tough. We're actually ahead of what we projected so it's hard not to feel good about that," Brewbaker told 1819 News on Tuesday. "I hope we can do it without resorting to a lot of negative campaigning. I know one campaign has already decided to go that way but we'll just do what needs doing."

Dobson said in a statement on Tuesday night, "Today, the resounding message from Alabama is clear — our state demands new perspectives and an end to the era of career politicians who lose touch with our communities when they get to DC."

"I am committed to working alongside President Trump to secure our borders, reignite the American economy, and combat the rampant inflation plaguing our nation under the Biden Administration," Dobson said. "I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to every single voter for their unwavering support and trust in my campaign's mission to champion Alabama families, farms, and faith. You will not see another candidate work harder for the next six weeks to earn your vote and support."

Shomari Figures and House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (R-Huntsville) are also headed to a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary for Congressional District 2. Figures finished first with 43.5%, while Daniels secured second place with 22.4%.

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