2012 elections: Incumbents sweep congressional primaries in Alabama, Mississippi

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March 14, 2012

By Geoff Pallay

Incumbents coasted to victory in all 11 U.S. House primaries last night in Alabama and Mississippi.

Alabama

In Alabama, Republican incumbents Jo Bonner and Spencer Bachus easily defeated their challengers, overcoming an infusion of spending from a Super PAC the Campaign for Primary Accountability. The two districts had received national media attention regarding what was considered "tough" primary challenges. Both incumbents won by more than 30 percentage points, easily clearing the required 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

Alabama

Additionally, 5th District incumbent Mo Brooks (R) defeated Parker Griffith for the second consecutive election. In 2010, Griffith was the incumbent who was knocked out in the primary by Brooks. Griffith was unsuccessful in the rematch.

Here are the candidates who are advancing to the general election:

Democratic Party


No results are available yet

Note: Daniel Boman is currently a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and is running for election to Congressional District 4.

Republican Party


No results are available yet

Members of the U.S. House from Alabama -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 7 7

Mississippi

Mississippi

Incumbent Alan Nunnelee (R) had the closest primary, winning with less than 60 percent of the vote. All other incumbents triumphed by large margins.

Additionally, incumbent U.S. Senator Roger Wicker easily won the Republican primary with nearly 90 percent. Albert N. Gore won the Democratic primary.

Here are the U.S. House candidates who are advancing to the general election:

Democratic Party


No results are available yet

Republican Party


No results are available yet

Third Party


No results are available yet

Members of the U.S. House from Mississippi -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 4 4

See also

Election results

Alabama[1] Mississippi[2]