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Voters to Pick GOP Nominees in Alabama, North Carolina Runoffs

Voters in Alabama and North Carolina head to the polls Tuesday to choose the Republican nominees in two deeply conservative House districts. In Alabama's 6th District, GOP voters have a choice between conservative activist Gary Palmer and state Rep. Paul DeMarco. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., announced his retirement last fall, creating this open-seat race. DeMarco came in first in the June 3 primary. However GOP operatives say Palmer is expected to win, partly thanks to a surge in ad spending from the Club for Growth. Polls in Alabama close at 8 p.m. In North Carolina's 6th District, Rockingham District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. is the favorite to win the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Howard Coble. Berger faces Baptist Pastor Mark Walker. North Carolina Republicans say Coble's involvement in the race for Berger could help him win the nomination. Polls in North Carolina close at 7 p.m. Whoever wins the GOP nomination in these two seats are the heavy favorites to win in November. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won each district with at least 58 percent in 2012. Alabama's 6th District and North Carolina’s 6th District are both rated Safe Republican contests by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.