United States Senate election in Alabama, 2008


United States Senate election in Alabama, 2008

The Alabama Senate Election of 2008 will be held on November 4, 2008, preceded by the Primary election on June 3. [ [http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/2008/ElectionInfo2008.aspx Election Dates] from the "Alabama Secretary of State"] ]

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is seeking re-election and is being challenged by State Senator Vivian Davis Figures. "CQ Politics" rates this race as 'Republican Favored'. [ [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-senate Race Ratings Chart: Senate] "CQ Politics"] "The Cook Political Report" considers it 'Solid Republican'. [ [http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/senate/raceratings_2008-08-21_13-07-35.php 2008 Senate Race Ratings] "The Cook Political Report", September 18, 2008] "The Rothenberg Political Report" considers it a 'Safe Republican'. [ [http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.blogspot.com/2008/09/2008-senate-ratings.html 2008 Senate Ratings] "The Rothenberg Political Report", July 19, 2008]

On January 10, 2007, Rep. Artur Davis announced that he would not run for the seat. [cite news | author=Associated Press | title=Davis Won't Challenge Stevens | date=2007-01-09 | publisher = WTOK | url=http://www.wtok.com/news/headlines/5125936.html | accessdate=2007-01-10 ] Despite going heavily for Bush in 2004, Alabama still has a strong Democratic presence; Democrats control majorities of both chambers in the state legislature. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks appeared to be preparing for a run, but on June 12, 2007, he announced that he would not seek the Senate seat, in order to avoid a primary battle with State Senator Vivian Davis Figures. [cite news |Birmingham News staff |title=Sparks says he won't seek U.S. Senate seat |url=http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/06/sparks_says_he_wont_seek_us_se.html |work=Everything Alabama |publisher=Alabama Live |date=2007-06-12 |accessdate=2007-06-13 ] Figures has won elections in the Republican-leaning Mobile area.

Not on the ballot, but running a write-in campaign, is Darryl W. Perry, the 2004 Libertarian Party nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer and 2007 candidate for Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. [ [http://senate.dwp2016.org senate.dwp2016.org] ] [ [http://www.al.com/press-register/stories/index.ssf?/base/news/1214212543252990.xml&coll=3 al.com] ]

Candidates

Republican Party

*Jeff Sessions - Incumbent Senator, whose approval rating was 56%, with 34% disapproving as of December 2007. [ [http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=a09d0dbf-b724-4ffd-b82b-781d93912fd8 December 2007 SurveyUSA poll] ]

Also Ran

*Earl Mack Gavin

Democratic Party

*Vivian Davis Figures - State Senator

Also Ran

*Johnny Swanson - Attorney and Army Veteran
*Mark Townsend

Other

* Darryl W. Perry (write-in [ [http://senate.dwp2016.org Write-in Darryl W. Perry US Senate ] ] /Alabama Statesmen [ [http://ALStatesmen.org ALStatesmen.org] ] )endorsed by: Boston Tea Party, [ [http://bostontea.us/voterguide bostontea.us] ] Christians for Life and Liberty [ [http://c4ll.dwp2016.org Christians for Life and Liberty] ] and PaulCongress.com [ [http://www.paulcongress.com/Candidates.html PaulCongress.com] ]

Polling

Election Results

Republican Primary

Unofficial results [http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2008/by_state/AL_Page_0603.html?SITE=ALBINELN&SECTION=POLITICS] :Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Jeff Sessions
votes = 199,575
percentage = 92.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Earl Mack Gavin
votes = 16,703
percentage = 7.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 216,278
percentage =
change =

Democratic Primary

Unofficial results [http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2008/by_state/AL_Page_0603.html?SITE=ALBINELN&SECTION=POLITICS] :Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Vivian Davis Figures
votes = 111,969
percentage = 63.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Johnny Swanson
votes = 38,711
percentage = 22.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Mark Townsend
votes = 25,043
percentage = 14.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 175,723
percentage =
change =

General Election

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Jeff Sessions
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Vivian Davis Figures
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate
party = write-in
candidate = Darryl W. Perry
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box majority
votes =
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Election box turnout
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References

External links

* [http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/Default.aspx Elections] from the "Alabama Secretary of State"
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_congress_state.php?state_id=AL&go33.x=14&go33.y=11 U.S. Congress candidates for Alabama] at Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.congress.org/congressorg/e4/clist/race/?raceid=1816 Alabama U.S. Senate race] from "Congress.org"
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=senate-AL Alabama, U.S. Senate] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G08/AL.phtml Alabama U.S. Senate race] from "The Green Papers"
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=292475 Alabama U.S. Senate race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.2008racetracker.com/page/AL-Sen Alabama U.S. Senate race] from "2008 Race Tracker"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=ALS1&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/08-AL-Sen-GE-SvF.php Sessions (R-i) vs Figures (D)] graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
* [http://www.al.com/election/ Election News] from "Alabama Live" news media
*"Official campaign websites"
** [http://www.figures2008.com Vivian Davis Figures] , Democratic candidate
** [http://senate.dwp2016.org Darryl W. Perry] , Write-in candidate (Alabama Statesmen/Boston Tea Party)
** [http://www.jeffsessions.com/ Jeff Sessions] , Republican incumbent
** [http://www.swansonforsenate.com Johnny Swanson] , Democratic candidate

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