Long shot candidate Barry Moore has defeated Jeff Coleman for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s Second Congressional District.
Moore went from barely squeezing into the runoff in March to likely becoming the next congressman from the Wiregrass. He looks to replace the retiring Martha Roby, who was first elected in 2010. That is the same year Moore first won office to a seat in the State House of Representatives, where he served until 2018.
Down more than 20 points going into the runoff, Moore received significant outside help from D.C. interest group Club for Growth. Club for Growth reportedly spent close to $800,000 on television and in the mail on Moore’s behalf.
Alabama’s second district stretches from Prattville and Wetumpka on the north side of Montgomery all the way down through the Wiregrass to Dothan. Maxwell Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Rucker are vital military installations within the district.
Moore was one of the first state officials to endorse Trump during the president’s 2016 run, and Moore tailored his entire congressional campaign around that event.
Early during his run for state office, Moore became known for his common-sense approach to conservative governance and fiery speeches.
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Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia