GOP headed for runoff in Congressional District 1

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Republicans Bradley Byrne and Dean Young will meet for a runoff Nov. 5 in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner in Congressional District 1.

Burton LeFlore won the Democratic nomination, but a GOP candidate is favored to win the heavily Republican district.

Byrne, considered a more establishment conservative, won the most votes in Escambia County — 45.19 percent — and in the district, where he had 34.5 percent. Young, a favorite of the Tea Party, was second in the county with 24.93 percent of the vote. He had 22.95 percent of the vote in the distrct. Chad Fincher finished third in the county.

Quin Hillyer, who finished fourth in the county, endorsed Byrne Tuesday night. Young has support from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Turnout was low in the district and in the county, with a little more than 10 percent of voters in Escambia County going to the polls.

State Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead praised all of the candidates. “We look forward to the runoff election and are confident that the First Congressional District will have another conservative Republican Congressman to look out for the interests of the people throughout the district,” he said.

Bonner resigned this summer to take a job with the University of Alabama system.