Love, Parker Emerge in Alabama Runoffs

Posted July 15, 2008 at 9:15pm

After a six-week runoff, Alabama Republicans finally have their nominees in two Congressional districts that will continue to be battlegrounds heading into the November general election.

In the northern 5th district seat of retiring Rep. Bud Cramer (D), commercial insurance broker Wayne Parker wrapped up the GOP nomination over Huntsville attorney Cheryl Baswell Guthrie on Tuesday after coming less than 500 votes away from accomplishing that task in the regular June primary. With 89 percent reporting, Parker was trouncing Guthrie, 78 percent to 22 percent.

Parker will now face state Sen. Parker Griffith, a conservative Democrat who easily won his own June primary, in November.

Although Cramer held the seat with relative ease, the district is considered one of the House GOP’s best pickup opportunities of the cycle.

Meanwhile, in Alabama’s 2nd district GOP runoff, state Rep. Jay Love (R) has beaten state Sen. Harri Anne Smith (R) in the race to replace retiring Rep. Terry Everett (R). With 81 percent reporting, Love led 58 percent to 42 percent.

Love will now face well-known Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, who Democrats have touted as one of their best recruits in the South, in the November general election.