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Alabama's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

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The 1st congressional district of Alabama will hold a special election for the U.S. House in 2013. Dates have not yet been decided on for the primary or general elections.

The special election will be held to fill the upcoming vacancy that will be left by the resignation of Rep. Jo Bonner (R) on August 15, 2013. Bonner is resigning to take a job as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[1]

Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

The 1st District is considered a safe Republican seat.[5]


The following candidates have all announced that they will be running for the seat.[6]

Other possible candidates include:

Declined to run

District history


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Jo Bonner won re-election to the 1st congressional district in 2012. He defeated Peter Gounares, Pete Riehm, and Dean Young in the the March 13 Republican primary election and was unopposed in the November 6 general election.[19]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Bonner Incumbent 97.9% 196,374
     N/A Write-In 2.1% 4,302
Total Votes 200,676
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jo Bonner won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Walter (Constitution) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Bonner incumbent 83% 129,063
     Constitution David Walter 17% 26,357
Total Votes 155,420

See also

External links


  1., "BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress," May 23, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Roll Call "Top Republican to Enter Alabama Special Election #AL01" Accessed June 10, 2013
  6., "The list: Who's in, who's out of AL-01 congressional race," June 6, 2013
  7. "State Rep. Chad Fincher launches bid for AL-01 congressional seat" Accessed June 19, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 National Journal "Five Names To Know In Alabama 01" Accessed June 10,2 013
  9. Daily Caller "Conservative columnist jumping into Alabama congressional race" Accessed May 23, 2013
  10. Conservative HQ "Conservative Quin Hillyer Announces For Congress" Accessed May 24, 2013
  11. "Rep. Jo Bonner resignation stuns constituents, sparks candidates" Accessed May 24, 2013
  12. The American Spectator "Laying Down My Pen" Accessed May 24, 2013
  13., "State Rep. Randy Davis launches bid for AL-01 congressional seat," June 4, 2013
  14., "Republican Dean Young to run for AL-01 congressional seat," May 29, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Roll Call "Jo Bonner to Resign From Congress Soon (Updated) #AL01" Accessed June 10, 2013
  16. "Jessica James launches bid for AL-01 congressional seat," May 30, 2013
  17. "First-time candidate James Hall to run for AL-01 congressional seat," June 6, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 "The list: Who's in, who's out of AL-01 congressional race" Accessed June 19, 2013
  19. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013