Special election in Alabama's 1st Congressional District
Earlier in May, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala) announced that he would resign from Congress to take a job at the University of Alabama. A date has not been set for the special election to replace him, but this is a very reliable red state, so Democrats shouldn't get excited.
Word now is that Rick Santorum will endorse conservative columnist Quin Hillyer. As a safe Republican seat, this will draw a lot of competition in the primary so I suppose Santorum could help his candidate stand out.
Aside from Hillyer, consultants say the most likely and viable candidates in the race include:
-- State Sen. Tripp Pittman, a wealthy owner of a tractor company in Baldwin County, a rural area in the 1st District.
-- First-term state Sen. Bill Hightower.
-- Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a lawyer who lost a Republican gubernatorial primary bid in 2010.
-- Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, who consultants say is well-respected in the community and has strong name recognition.
If you want to know how red a district it is, Romney beat Obama by a margin of 62 to 37 percent last November.
Will this one get national attention like the South Carolina 1st? Uh, no.
(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)