Tonight's Election Ends Six Month Ordeal

Tonight's Election Ends Six Month Ordeal

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Jo Bonner announced his retirement more than seven months ago… setting off a frenzy of speculation as to who would run for his seat.

State legislators, judges, mayors, sheriffs, county commissioners, the former Surgeon General, even a well-known Baldwin County jail inmate, thought about running but didn’t.

In the end, nine republicans entered the field.

In September, Bradley Byrne and Dean Young emerged from the primary. Their run-off would be watched closely across the country as a match-up between the Republican mainstream Byrne and Tea-Partier Young.

Byrne squeaked out the win .Young was defiant in defeat.

Disgruntled Tea Partiers for a time vowed to boycott Byrne.

Byrne now faces Democrat Burton LeFlore.

Turnout today will likely be abysmal. Since August, beside the congressional primaries and run-off, there have been municipal elections, special legislative elections, and annexation votes.

“People are worn out from voting,” said Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. “Some parts of Mobile have voted seven, eight times this year and they are tired of voting. Also we've had complaints about it being around the holiday season

But it ends tonight, and either Mr. Byrne or Mr. LeFlore goes to Washington to become just the fifth man to represent Lower Alabama in Congress since 1935.

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