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Alabama Live Primary Results

Incumbents Spencer Bachus, Mo Brooks, and Jo Bonner will keep their seats in Congress. Jo Bonner is well ahead in the race for, and will likely retain his seat.

Despite strong reasons to take Rep. Bachus out of office for corruption, Republicans in Alabama have given him 64% of their votes. Though 3 of the 5 counties in AL-06 have not yet been counted, it appears most of the votes are in. It would be a comeback of monumental proportions. WTH calls the AL 6th for Spencer Bachus, and it’s unlikely his Democratic challenger in the general election will be able to unseat him.

Mo Brooks cruises to victory. With only Lauderdale County not reporting, Rep. Brooks has nearly 3 times the votes of challenger Parker Griffith and will face CL Holley in the general election. Once again, Rep. Brooks will return to Congress barring the zombie apocalypse.

Jo Bonner has carried 58% of the vote despite a strong opposition from Dean Young in AL-01 and with 2 counties left to report has more than double the votes of his nearest competitor. WTH calls this for Rep. Bonner.

All in all, an uneventful night in the House of Representatives primaries.

Follow @WatchingUSHouse for up the minute coverage. Mississippi results coming soon.

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Live Primary Election Results: House of Representatives

Watching the House was the first to break news of Brad Wenstrup overtaking Jean Schmidt as well as correctly calling wins for Marcy Kaptur and Joe the Plumber (Samuel Wurzelbacher) in Ohio. We’re hoping there will be close races in Alabama and Mississippi as well. Here as a look an half an hour before polls close.

AL-01 GOP Primary

WTH endorses Dean Young
Incumbent: Jo Bonner seeking 6th term
Other Candidates: Peter Gounares, Pete Riehm

AL-04 Democratic Primary

Daniel Boman
Rick Neighbors

AL-05 GOP Primary

WTH endorses first-term incumbent Mo Brooks
Challenger: Parker Griffith

AL-06
Republican Primary
WTH endorses Judge David Standridge
Incumbent: Spencer Bachus the most corrupt member of Congress
Other Candidates: Justin Barkley, Scott Beason, Al Mickle, Stan Pate

Democratic Primary
Penny Bailey
William Barnes

It is unclear is MS will offer live election results, but here is more on the most important Mississippi primaries. Will keep you posted.

Upcoming Elections in Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in the next 30 days. Please vote to restore our democracy!

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Top 5 Quotes about Voting – Primary Edition

Today is the Alabama and Mississippi primary. One Congress seat (AL-01) will be decided today and Republicans will march a step closer to deciding on a presidential candidate. Most of the primary winners today will be heavy favorites to remain in Congress. If you are tired of the worst Congress in history, today is the day to do something about it.

Top 5 Quotes about Voting

  1. “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” ~William E. Simon (Former US Treasury Secretary)
  2. “If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.” ~Thomas Sowell (American economist and philosopher)
  3. “Always vote for principle…and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~John Quincy Adams (6th President of the USA)
  4. “The ballot is stronger than bullets.” ~Joseph Schumpeter (Austrian economist)
  5. “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” ~Lyndon Johnson (36th President of the USA)

Primary today in Alabama and Mississippi. Please vote to restore our democracy!

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Nonpartisan Guide to Alabama and Mississippi Primary Elections

Today is the primary in Alabama and Mississippi, and voters there will decide on more than just the Republican nominee for President. The AL-01 House seat will be decided, and voters will have the chance to defeat the most corrupt member of Congress (according to Judicial Watch) Spencer Bachus. Here is a nonpartisan look at the House of Representative races.

Top 5 AL/MS Congressional Primary races

  1. AL-06 – Incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) faces a handful of primary challengers. The most corrupt member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Bachus is vulnerable to defeat and needs to be voted out for the good of the nation. WTH endorses Judge David Standridge for this seat. The winner of this primary will face a Democratic challenger in the general election, but will be the overwhelming favorite to win the general election.
  2. AL-01 – After 10 years of below-average results, Rep. Jo Bonner (R) faces a tough challenge in the 1st district primary as Dean Young (R) has received the support of non-partisan PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability. Rep. Bonner is a party-line Republican, and Mr. Young is a self-made entrepreneur who has worked his way out of poverty. He favors pay cuts for Congress and has a record for fighting against tax increases. WTH endorses Dean Young for Congress. The winner of the primary will be the presumptive representative in Congress.
  3. AL-05 – First-term incumbent Mo Brooks (R) faces a challenge from former Congressman and ex-Democrat Parker Griffith, who appears to be the only one that believes in his campaign. Griffith seeks to use his personal fortune to outspend the moderate Rep. Brooks who has taken less special interest money than any incumbent in Alabama, and it’s likely that Griffith will outspend him in the end. An honors graduate in economics from Duke, Rep. Brooks is a moderate working to reign in the federal budget, and is endorsed by WTH.
  4. MS-01 – Tea Party incumbent Alan Nunnelee (R) seeks re-election to a second term. He has exhibited the least influence of all Reps from AL or MS, and is the least moderate of the first-termers. Despite this, Rep. Nunnelee has taken more money from special interests than most of the incumbents from these two states. He is opposed in the Republican primary by former top JAG Corps attorney, judge, and mayor Henry Ross as well as activist and entrepreneur Robert Estes. WTH has no position on this race, though the numbers slightly oppose Rep. Nunnelee.
  5. MS-02 – Bennie Thompson (D) is seeking re-election for an 11th term. Rep. Thompson is the strongest legislative leader in either MS or AL and is also the only Democrat in the House from MS. He is an average fundraiser and is challenged in the Democratic primary by local mayor Heather McTeer. WTH has no position on this race, though the numbers slightly favor re-electing Rep. Thompson.

For those interested in learning more, here is some data on all of the current members of Congress from AL and MS, and here is all of Congress.

Upcoming Elections in Alabama, Mississippi, Illinois, Maryland, and Texas in the next 30 days. Please vote to restore our democracy!

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March 12: Best of Representatives, Worst of Representatives

An upbeat version of the best and worst of the US House of Representatives for Monday, March 12, 2012.

Best of Representatives
Ohio Assembly ~ Well played State Senator Nina Turner (D) for proposing a bill on male reproductive regulation. The bill would force men to jump through a series of hoops, including undergoing abstinence education to get prescriptions for Viagra. No matter where you stand on contraception, Sen. Turner is winning the debate on cleverness. Continue reading

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Republicans Get it Wrong on Gas

Republican double-think tests American gullibility

I thought I would remind everyone of my prior article on why gas prices are rising. Republicans are trying to put the blame on Obama, and it shouldn’t stick. The people who are actually causing gas prices to rise are the ones funding Republican criticisms of high prices, a minor conflict of interest. WTH explains how the public debate over gas prices is just another example of the conflict of interest we are forced to swallow in this age of big money politics. Continue reading

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