|U.S. House, Alabama, District 1|
The seat was vacant following the resignation of Rep. Jo Bonner, effective August 15, as the result of a decision to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.
Griffith ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. The election was held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.
He was defeated in the Republican primary on September 24, 2013. No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the total vote, requiring a runoff primary on November 5, 2013. Bradley Byrne and Dean Young were the top two winners and faced off in the runoff primary. The winner advanced to the general election on December 17, 2013.
|U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2013|
|Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press|
Griffith picked up a high-profile endorsement from Rep. Paul Ryan on August 7, 2013. "I've known Wells Griffith for a long time and consider him a true friend," said Ryan. "Wells is committed to moving our country and our party forward. His dedication to advancing conservative principles is admirable and he will be a strong conservative voice for South Alabama."
"Alabama's economy is dependent on being a right to work state, but Ryan keeps adding to a long record of limiting employee freedom and driving up costs via support for the horrible Davis-Bacon law and other suck-ups to union bosses," Hillyer said.
"I have been a longtime admirer of Paul Ryan, but he has increasingly proved to be a disappointment and out of touch with Alabama values," Hillyer said. "Ryan is the driving force in the House for amnesty, against the principles laid out by our own Senator Jeff Sessions. If one of my opponents wants a leftward-moving Paul Ryan, he can have him."
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- AL.com, "Republican Wells Griffith to run for AL-01 congressional seat" accessed July 10, 2013
- blog.al.com, "BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress," May 23, 2013
- AP Results, "Alabama Special Election Primary," accessed September 24, 2013
- Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results ," accessed September 24, 2013
- Al.com, "Rep. Paul Ryan backs Wells Griffith in AL-01 congressional race" accessed August 7, 2013
- Madison.com, "Paul Ryan ripped by conservative after endorsement in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
- AL.com, "Paul Ryan starts a ruckus in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
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