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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

ALABAMA

Race Summary

Governor    (2564 of 2564 precincts reporting)
Siegelman (D) * 58%     James (R) 42%    
Senate    (2564 of 2564 precincts reporting)
Suddith (D) 37%     Shelby (R) * 63%    
House 01    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Callahan (R) * 0%    
House 02    (456 of 456 precincts reporting)
Fondren (D) 31%     Everett (R) * 69%    
House 03    (354 of 356 precincts reporting)
Turnham (D) 42%     Riley (R) * 58%    
House 04    (508 of 508 precincts reporting)
Bevill (D) 44%     Aderholt (R) * 56%    
House 05    (301 of 301 precincts reporting)
Cramer (D) * 70%     Aust (R) 30%    
House 06    (426 of 426 precincts reporting)
Smalley (D) 28%     Bachus (R) * 72%    
House 07    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Hilliard (D) * 0%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Fob James Jr. (R), first elected in 1979 as a Democrat, did not seek a second term in 1982. He switched parties and ran for governor as a Republican in 1994 and is now seeking his third term. Lieutenant Gov. Don Siegelman (D) is the Democratic nominee.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R) was first elected in 1978 to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat and then to the U.S. Senate in 1986, also as a Democrat. In 1994, Shelby switched to the Republican Party and is seeking his third term. Retired iron worker and ex-Franklin County Commissioner Clayton Suddith (D) is the Democratic challenger.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

Majority 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) to 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R); first elected 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Southwest; Mobile):
    No Democratic candidate; Sonny Callahan (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (Southeast; part of Montgomery; Dothan):
    Joe Fondren (D); Terry Everett (inc.) (R)
  • CD3 (East; Anniston; Auburn):
    Joe Turnham (D); Bob Riley (inc.) (R)
  • CD4 (North central; Gadsden):
    Donald Bevill (D); Robert Aderholt (inc.) (R)
  • CD5 (North; Huntsville):
    Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (inc.) (D); Gil Aust (R)
  • CD6 (Parts of Birmingham and suburbs):
    Donna Wesson Smalley (D); Spencer Bachus (inc.) (R)
  • CD7 (West central; parts of Birmingham; Montgomery):
    Earl F. Hilliard (inc.) (D); no Republican candidate


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    PRIMARY DATE

    June 2

    Primary results

    (June 30 runoff)

    Runoff results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    April 8 (April 3 is deadline to file with party)


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 11

    To Watch:
    Proposition 8: Religion
    Prohibits the burdening of the free exercise of religion unless government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest in doing so and that the interest is achieved by the least restrictive means.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Republicans
    U.S. House of Representatives: 2 Democrats, 5 Republicans
    State Senate: 21 Democrats, 14 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 70 Democrats, 35 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: All 35 seats are up
    House: All 105 seats are up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 2,271,830 (8/98)
    Registered voters: (as of 1/27/98) 2,186,961


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    9


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Wallace in 1968; Goldwater in 1964; split between Kennedy and Byrd in 1960 (Kennedy carried popular vote, but six electors voted for Byrd).

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1976

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole: 50%
    Clinton: 43%
    Perot: 6%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush: 47.6%
    Clinton: 40.9%
    Perot: 10.8%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush: 59%
    Dukakis: 40%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan: 61%
    Mondale: 38%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan: 49%
    Carter: 48%
    Anderson: 1%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 4,273,000 (1996)
    (% of voting-age population)

    White: 76%
    African American: 23%
    Asian:
    Native American:
    Other/Undeclared: 1.2%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 0.62% of the voting age population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Montgomery
    State Nickname: Yellowhammer State

    Alabama has shifted from one of the nation's most Democratic states to one of the most Republican states. Alabama of the 1930s and 1940s elected populist Democrats -- Democrat Gov. George Wallace brought Alabama and civil rights into focus for the nation and is noted as having delayed for a generation the rise of Republicans in Alabama and the non-metropolitan South. There is still only one African-American from Alabama in Congress today, while African-Americans make up 25 percent of the state's population. Over the years, Alabama has steadily grown more Republican. It has voted for Republicans in five straight presidential elections, and it has elected Republican governors in its last three contests. While the Alabama state legislature is still predominantly Democratic, the trend continues. Republican Gov. Fob James and Sen. Richard Shelby were elected to office in the 1970s as Democrats, but switched parties in the 1990s, giving Republicans a notable sense of cohesion. James, one of the nation's most controversial governors, is also a hero of the religious right. While there is strength in numbers for the GOP, the runoff battle between James and fellow GOPer Winton Blount, pitting the social conservative against the economic conservative, exemplified the divisive issues that are tearing at the Republican party as a whole.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Alabama Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.alalinc.net/alsecst/index.htm
    Alabama Secretary of State's 1998 Voter Guide
    http://www.alalinc.net/alsecst/votergd.htm
    Alabama Gov. Fob James Jr.'s Home Page
    http://www.state.al.us/govoff.html
    Alabama State Senate
    http://www.state.al.us/senate.html
    Alabama State House of Representatives
    http://www.state.al.us/house.html

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    WBMA (Birmingham)
    http://www.abc3340.com/

    State Newspapers

    Birmingham Post-Herald
    http://www.postherald.com
    The Huntsville Times
    http://www.htimes.com
    Mobile Register
    http://www.al.com/mobreg/mob.html
    Alabama Live - Politics
    http://www.al.com/mobile/

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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