Byrne Victorious In Republican Runoff

Byrne Victorious In Republican Runoff

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Bradley Byrne has won the Republican runoff in Alabama's 1st Congressional District.

With 91 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Byrne had about 53 percent of the vote; Dean Young garnered roughly 47 percent.

Dean Young took an early lead in the race. But, as the votes continued to pour in, the lead see-sawed back in forth between Byrd and Young. Around 8:30 p.m., Byrne took the lead. He made his acceptance speech at Wintzell's Oyster House in downtown Mobile just before 10:00 p.m.

"We have a huge, huge victory tonight. I want to congratulate Dean Young on fighting a hard race, and I look forward to working with him in the next few days and weeks as we unify our party, go to Washington and do the hard work for the people of this district and the people of the United States of America," said Byrne said in his speech.

The Republican primary presented a classic clash between the two sides of the Republican Party. Byrne was the establishment candidate, drawing support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two men who held the 1st District office, Jo Bonner and Jack Edwards. Young ran as an outsider, aligning himself with the tea party and drawing praise from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Byrne advances to the general election Dec. 17 against the Democratic nominee, Mobile real estate agent Burton Leflore. Leflore has raised little money in a district that has voted Republican since 1964.

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