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Alabama - 5th District

Incumbent -- Mo Brooks (R) ; Defeated by Mo Brooks, R, in primary election on June 1, 2010

Safe Republican
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Updated Oct. 14, 2010

Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks is heavily favored to become the next Congressman after he soundly defeated the party-switching Griffith in the Republican primary.

In a better environment, Democrats might be tempted to compete in the northern Alabama district, where conservative Democrats have shown they can win.

This year, party officials will be too busy playing defense elsewhere around the country to make a serious effort here. And that makes an already steep road even steeper for political consultant Steve Raby, the Democratic nominee.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The Tennessee River winds through the 5th, which stretches across the state's northern tier and borders Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. The Tennessee Valley Authority maintains a strong presence along the river, and the government and industrial facilities lining its famous shores are vital to the 5th.

Huntsville relies on federal government, defense and contracting jobs. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center develops rocket propulsion technology and spaceflight vehicles, and the Army's Redstone Arsenal is home to rocket and missile programs.

Strong technology, manufacturing and research sectors bolster the 5th's economy. Huntsville's Cummings Research Park has 25,000 employees, and a Toyota engine plant employs almost 800.

Decatur's industrial economy boasts a 3M chemical plant, a United Launch Alliance satellite rocket booster plant and a Nucor steel mill. Agriculture represents a healthy portion of the 5th's rural economy, and crops include corn, cotton and soybeans.

The generally conservative voters in the 5th favor GOP presidential candidates but historically elected Democrats to state and local offices. The district had not been represented by a Republican since 1869, until Rep. Parker Griffith switched to the GOP in 2009.

Major Industry

Defense, government, manufacturing, technology, agriculture

Military Bases

Redstone Arsenal (Army), 1,930 military, 16,932 civilian (2011)

Cities

Huntsville, 180,105; Decatur (pt.), 46,485; Madison, 42,938; Florence, 39,319

notable

Muscle Shoals' Fame Recording Studios merged rhythm and blues, country and gospel to create the "Muscle Shoals Sound."

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