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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Alabama's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
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MONTGOMERY: Alabama: Alabama has seven U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All seven incumbents are running for re-election, six of whom face a challenger in the general election (85.7%).

Two incumbent Republicans were targeted in their primary campaigns by the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Houston-based super PAC seeking to oust longtime incumbents of both parties in primaries. Incumbent Republicans Jo Bonner of District 1 and Spencer Bachus of District 6 survived their primary challenges and advanced to the general election. Bonner now runs unopposed, while Bachus faces Democratic challenger Penny H. Bailey. This is the first Democratic general election opponent for Bachus since 1998.

In the District 5 primary, incumbent Mo Brooks faced a rematch in the primary with former congressman Parker Griffith. The two first met in the 2010 primary with reversed roles, Griffith as the incumbent and Brooks as the challenger. Brooks, having won the primary, went on to win election in November. Brooks once again defeated Griffith and faces Charlie L. Holley (D) in the general election.

Currently, the Republican Party holds six of the seven Congressional seats from Alabama. According to race ratings, no partisan switches are likely to occur, and all incumbents are expected to cruise to an easy victory on election day.

Polls are open in Alabama from 7 AM to 7 PM Central Time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Alabama:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Republican Party Jo Bonner Jo Bonner Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Therese Ford
Republican Party Martha Roby
Martha Roby Pending Pending
3rd Democratic Party John Andrew Harris
Republican Party Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers (Alabama) Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party Daniel H. Boman
Republican Party Robert Aderholt
Robert Aderholt Pending Pending
5th Democratic Party Charlie L. Holley
Republican Party Mo Brooks
Mo Brooks Pending Pending
6th Democratic Party Penny H. Bailey
Republican Party Spencer Bachus
Spencer Bachus Pending Pending
7th Democratic Party Terri Sewell
Republican Party Don Chamberlain
Terri Sewell Pending Pending
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
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved June 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Alabama.


See also