In a huge six-county district, Bradley Byrne's margin of victory in yesterday's primary can be attributed to just seven polling place in two nearby Mobile neighborhoods: the Midtown-Oakleigh area, where Bradley Byrne used to live and go to church, and Mobile's affluent Spring Hill area.
"I was born and raised in Midtown and so you have people there who have known me all my life and known my family," said Byrne
It's Bradley Byrne's popularity in these two places that pushed him past Dean Young and on to December's general election.Byrne picked up more than 82-percent of the vote in the seven polling places in these two neighborhoods: E.R. Dickson School, St Ignatius and the Mobile Museum of Art in Spring Hill, and the VIA Senior Center, Westside Methodist, Augusta Evans, and Joan of Arc Church in the Midtown-Oakleigh area. In these seven key precincts, Byrne picked up 3,504 more votes than Young. That's just 112 votes shy of his overall margin of victory - 3,616 votes.
Turn-out in those seven polling places was also key. Overall turnout was 15.2 percent. In Mobile County, turnout was 13.9 percent. In the seven Midtown and Spring Hill precincts, turnout was 26.9 percent.
"A lot of volunteers worked those areas very, very hard for me and I think that helped raise awareness of the race and got people out to vote," said Byrne.
The other key for Byrne was his hometown, Fairhope. In the Eastern Shore city's three polling places, Byrne beat Young by 1,278 votes. Byrne's overall margin of victory in Baldwin County was 1,591.