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Byrne defeats Kennedy to win 3rd term

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —  Voters in the 1st District of southwestern Alabama have elected Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne to a third full term in office.

The Fairhope resident defeated Democratic nominee Robert Kennedy Jr. of Mobile in balloting Tuesday.

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Byrne campaigned in part by advocating construction of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border with Mexico. He says he wants to break a filibuster to gain congressional approval of the plan.

Byrne also has pushed for issues that are important on the Alabama Gulf Coast, including a proposed Interstate 10 bridge through Mobile that has been discussed for several years.

Kennedy is a business executive and former naval officer who won the Democratic nomination to oppose Byrne. Despite his name, he’s not part of the famous Kennedy clan of American politics.

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