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Election Day: All eyes on Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  Alabama voters will head to the polls today to cast their ballot in the state’s 2024 primary elections, though one race in particular has gained national attention: the race to represent Alabama’s newly-drawn 2nd Congressional District.

Alabama’s 2nd District has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with just one Democrat having won the seat over the last 40 years.

Alabama’s congressional district map for the 2024 election.

After a federal court imposed a new congressional map on the state last year, increasing its Black population to nearly 50%, Democrats’ prospects in the district have improved dramatically, with 11 Democratic candidates set to appear on their party’s primary ballot.

While AL-2 now favors Democrats based on past election data, which shows the new district would have elected Black-preferred candidates in 15 of the past 17 election contests, Republicans have not counted the seat out

The GOP ballot will feature eight Republicans, who, despite having three-fewer candidates than Democrats, have collectively raised about $1.75 million, nearly three times as much as Democrats’ collective $620,000.

Republicans hope that with a nominee who appeals to independents along with potential low enthusiasm among Democrats, they can keep the seat in the GOP column. With their majority hanging by a thread, keeping seats like this becomes increasingly key for Republicans.

Alabama’s 1st Congressional District has also produced a nationally watched contest in which two sitting congressmen have been drawn into the same district. U.S. Rep. Barry Moore – who currently represents AL-2 – decided to run in AL-1 after his home county was drawn into the 1st. 

A recent poll showed the district’s incumbent, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, is leading the race, though in that same poll, 22% of voters remained undecided, enough of a margin to swing the election in either direction.

And the race for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has received renewed attention after the court made international headlines last month for its ruling that granted frozen embryos similar legal protections to that of children.

Today’s primary election will see two Republican candidates – Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sarah Stewart and former Alabama state senator Bryan Taylor – appear on the Republican primary ballot for chief justice. A recent poll has shown Stewart with a slight lead, though more than two-thirds of voters were still undecided. The winner today will face Democrat Greg Griffin, a circuit court judge, in November.

Voters will also have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would permit state lawmakers to do away with a procedural vote known as the Budget Isolation Resolution before debating legislation unrelated to the state’s budgets, as is currently required by state law.

“Safe, secure, and transparent elections are a top priority and critical to the success of our state and our nation,” Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen told ADN Monday. 

“I encourage all registered voters to grab their photo ID and exercise their constitutional right to vote on March 5.”

In 2016, presidential primary turnout was 41%; in 2020 it was 33%.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To locate the appropriate polling site or to confirm voter registration status, click here. For more information on the primary election, click here.

View below for a full breakdown of candidates in the AL-1, AL-2 and chief justice races.


Alabama’s 1st Congressional District


Jerry Carl

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: U.S. legislator, founder of Cricket and Butterfly, Carl and Associates

Money raised: $2 million

Barry Moore

Residence: Enterprise

Occupation: U.S. legislator, founder of Barry Moore Industries

Money raised: $688,424


Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District


James Averhart

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: Executive director for Alabama NAACP, president of National Montford Point Marines Association

Money raised: $6,453

Napoleon Bracy, Jr.

Residence: Prichard

Occupation: State legislator, manager of diversity, inclusion & affirmative action at Austal USA

Money raised: $106,382

Merika Coleman

Residence: Pleasant Grover

Occupation: State legislator, attorney, professor at Miles College

Money raised: $142,031

Anthony Daniels

Residence: Huntsville

Occupation: State legislator, small business owner, former elementary school teacher

Money raised: $323,081

Shomari Figures

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: Former deputy chief of staff to Attorney General Merrick Garland, former Department of Justice advisor

Money raised: $299,290

Juandalynn “Le Le” Givan

Residence: Birmingham

Occupation: State legislator, attorney

Money raised: $41,396

Jeremy Gray

Residence: Opelika

Occupation: State legislator, small business and nonprofit owner, author

Money raised: $128,072

Phyllis Harvey-Hall

Residence: Montgomery

Occupation: Education consultant, former public school teacher

Money raised: $16,284

Willie J. Lenard

Residence: Pike Road

Occupation: Retired

Money raised: $44,721

Vimal Patel

Residence: Troy

Occupation: Hospitality management

Money raised: $16,300

Larry Darnell Simpson

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: Retired

Money raised: Unreported



Greg Albritton

Residence: Atmore

Occupation: State legislator, former attorney

Money raised: $168,359

Dick Brewbaker

Residence: Pike Road

Occupation: President of Brewbaker Motors, former state legislator

Money raised: $815,400

Caroleene Dobson

Residence: Monroe County

Occupation: Real estate attorney

Money raised: $539,849

Karla M. DuPriest

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: Business owner

Money raised: Unreported

Hampton S. Harris

Residence: Lowndesboro

Occupation: Attorney, real estate brokerage owner

Money raised: $56,413

Stacey T. Shepperson

Residence: Saraland

Occupation: Business owner, math instructor at Bishop State Community College

Money raised: Unreported

Belinda Thomas

Residence: Newton

Occupation: Newton City Council member, nonprofit founder

Money raised: Unreported


Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice


Sarah Stewart

Residence: Mobile

Occupation: Alabama Supreme Court associate justice

Money raised: $2.5 million

Bryan Taylor

Residence: Birmingham

Occupation: Former state senator, former counsel to Gov. Kay Ivey, legal advisor to Gov. Bob Riley, former military prosecutor

Money raised: $123,408

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