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Alabama - 6th District

Incumbent -- Spencer Bachus (R) ; Running for re-election

Safe Republican
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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Some of the sweetest homes in Alabama are found in the 6th District, a mix of white and wealthy suburbs of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, parts of the cities themselves and nearby rural areas in central Alabama. The U-shaped 6th surrounds a thin peninsula of land in the adjacent 7th that stretches southwest from downtown Birmingham to Tuscaloosa.

Decades of population decline in Birmingham contrast with the overall growth of the metropolitan area. The 6th takes in much of the area's suburbs, while most of the city is in the 7th. Many commuters reside in historically wealthy areas in southern Jefferson County, particularly Mountain Brook and Homewood. Shelby County, mainly south of Birmingham, has seen significant suburban growth over the past three decades and has the highest median household income of any county in the state.

The 6th includes a section of Tuscaloosa north of the Black Warrior River, which bisects the city and separates the district from the county's biggest employer, the University of Alabama in the 7th. On autumn Saturdays, more than 101,000 fans from across the state wind up just south of the river at the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch Crimson Tide football.

Birmingham's suburbs are encroaching on the district's rural areas, but agriculture, manufacturing and mining remain important to the economic health in some areas. Agricultural production in the area has slowed, but peaches remain a point of pride in Chilton County. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are produced in Vance, within the strip of the 7th bordered on both sides by the 6th.

The growing conservative, white-collar Birmingham suburbs that account for much of the district's population have kept the 6th reliably Republican. Democrats have not fielded a candidate to face Rep. Spencer Bachus since 1998.

Major Industry

Manufacturing, higher education, mining, agriculture

Cities

Hoover, 81,619; Vestavia Hills, 34,033; Alabaster, 30,352; Birmingham (pt.), 28,108; Pelham, 21,352

notable

The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is a natural habitat for longleaf pine and hosts the largest known stand of endangered shoals lily.

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