The race receiving the most attention was the Sixth District race Alabama where Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) faced three opponents. The Financial Services Committee Chairman was first elected in 1992 and is currently the focus of an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation involving insider trading allegations. State Senator Scott Beason (R) was the strongest opponent and gained attention for his involvement in Alabama’s attempts to limit illegal immigration. Bachus spent consider resources, in excess of $1.5 million, and was able to win nearly 60% of the vote to Beason’s 27% and will now face Penny Bailey (D) in the general election.
Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL1) won 56% in a four-way primary and will return for a sixth term. In a rematch of a 2010 primary, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL5) received 71% of the vote in his contest against Parker Griffith (R). Brooks won the three-way 2010 contest 51% to 33% over Griffith.
Alabama’s current delegation is 6-1 Republican and with little changes to the map as a result of redistricting, the delegation’s partisan balance will likely remain unchanged.
The closest contest in Mississippi saw Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R) avoid a runoff by winning 57% of the vote in a three-way Republican contest where Vernon Mayor Henry Ross (R) also ran in the 2010 primary. Nunnelee was first elected in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Travis Childers (D) by a 55% to 41% margin.
Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS2), Gregg Harper (R-MS3) and Steve Palazzo (R-MS4) faced nominal challenges in their respective primaries and all received in excess of 70% of the vote. In 2010, Palazzo defeated ten-term incumbent Gene Taylor (D) by a narrow 52% to 27% margin.
Mississippi’s delegation will likely remain 3-1 Republican, and its redistricting had little impact on the new districts.