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Campaign finance: Carl leads in D1; Sewell has more than $3M on hand in D7

Congressional incumbents added to their campaign coffers in the third quarter of the year, according to their newly released federal campaign finance reports.

With district lines settled this month, who else jumps into the U.S. House races — and how big a splash they make — is still to be determined. 

Under the newly approved map, two two-term incumbents, Reps. Jerry Carl and Barry Moore, now live in the same district.

Republican Carl’s campaign reported raising $257,474 in July, August and September. Carl, who is having to cover new ground in the recently changed Alabama District 1, had $869,297 on hand at the end of September.

Carl, R-Mobile, announced his reelection bid after a panel of federal judges selected a map that gives Black voters in Alabama a better chance to elect two congress members of their choice. His District 1 now has a smaller Black population and stretches from Mobile County to the Georgia line.

Moore, newly drawn into District 1 from his previous District 2, raised $200,158 in the third quarter. He had $647,275 on hand at the end of September.

Moore has not yet announced his reelection bid and his team didn’t return requests for comment Monday.

The Federal Election Commission website still shows Moore in District 2. A person doesn’t have to live in the congressional district they represent.

District 2 was significantly changed, now including less of the Wiregrass and more of Montgomery County to the north and stretching into Mobile to pick up more Black voters. The district went from about 30% Black to 49%.

Alabama’s lone Democrat in Congress, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, raised a bit more than $396,000 in the third quarter and has $3.3 million on hand as she seeks an eighth term. District 7 was also altered in the redraw, going from 55% Black to 52%, and Sewell could have challengers on both sides of the aisle.

“The fight for fair congressional maps has focused the eyes of the nation on Alabama and the importance of defending Congresswoman Sewell’s seat as Alabama’s first Black congresswoman and a champion for voting rights, affordable health care, lower costs, and safer communities,” spokesman Chris Kosteva told Alabama Daily News. “The congresswoman’s latest fundraising numbers are a testament to the strong momentum of her campaign going into the 2024 election cycle. She is confident in her ability to defend her seat and continue delivering for the people of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.”

Party qualifying for GOP candidates began Monday and ends Nov. 10.

Democrats’ qualifying began late last month and also ends Nov. 10. So far, Sewell is the only Democrat to qualify for a congressional race.

In District 3, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, reported $$284,553 in the third quarter and $1.6 million cash on hand.

In District 4, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, reported $141,959 in receipts and $1.2 million on hand.

In District 5, Rep. Dale Strong, R-Huntsville, reported $170,672 in receipts and $398,844 cash on hand.

In District 6, Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Birmingham, reported $133,499 in receipts and $967,972 cash on hand.

The 2024 primary is on March 5. 

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