GOP candidate Caroleene Dobson started her TV ad campaign on Monday in her runoff campaign for Alabama's second congressional district.

Dobson, a first-time candidate, faces former State Sen. Dick Brewbaker in the April 16 Republican runoff. They are running for the open seat in Alabama's newly-drawn second congressional district.

Titled "Tipping the Scale," Dobson's ad depicts a scale with herself on one side and Brewbaker on the other.

She weighs a difference on two issues — support for presidential candidate Donald Trump and raising taxes.

She pictures three social media messages from Brewbaker criticizing Trump and counters that she "stands tall" for Trump.

Trump has won enough delegate votes to be the presumptive Republican nominee for president. He will be running a rematch against President Joe Biden. The winner of the April 16 runoff between Brewbaker and Dobson will run on the ticket with Trump in the November 5 general election.

Dobson also says that Brewbaker, a longtime state legislator, supported tax increases.

Dobson's ad explains the difference, "Alabama's future hangs in the balance. On one side, Dick Brewbaker, a tax-raising Trump hater who attacked Trump as not a conservative and bashed his economic policies."

"On the other side, Caroleene Dobson, who stands tall with Donald Trump and puts her faith and Alabama values first. She will secure the border and stop the flood of illegals, drugs and human traffickers," the ad continues. "Help Caroleene Dobson take our country back."

Dobson's runoff ad can be found here.

Brewbaker led a multi-candidate field in the March 5 first primary. He fell well short of winning without a runoff with 37%. Dobson won the other runoff seat with a second-place finish of 25%.

Dobson surprised political observers by outrunning current State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), chairman of the Senate General Fund Committee, who finished third.

There is also a Democratic runoff on April 16 between their top two candidates for AL-2. Political consultant Shomari Figures, son of State Sen. Vivian Figures (D-Mobile), led and will run off against Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville). The two winners of the party primaries will face off in the November 5 general election.

The counties in the new second congressional district are Washington, southern Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Pike, Montgomery, Bullock, Macon, Russell, Barbour and parts of Mobile: most of the city of Mobile, most majority-black precincts, and most of north Mobile County.

The second congressional district is considered vital by national political parties because of the razor-thin margin by which Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives. The district is demographically a swing district and could make a difference in control of the U.S. House. 

Jim' Zig' Zeigler writes about Alabama's people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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