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Moore wil challenge Carl in District 1 congressional race

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore is running for a third term, but in a new congressional district.

Moore, a Republican from Enterprise, was previously in Congressional District 2. The recent court-ordered redrawing of the state’s congressional map, where changes were primarily in south Alabama, shifted a portion of Moore’s previous district, including his home in Coffee County, to Congressional District 1. District 1 now stretches all the way across the state’s eastern border, taking in eight entire counties and most of Mobile County. That seat is held by two-term Republican Jerry Carl of Mobile. 

Carl announced his bid for reelection earlier this month; Moore filed his paperwork to challenge him in the Republican Primary on Monday.

“The new AL-01 needs an effective conservative fighter who is willing to take on the swamp and put people over politics,” Moore, a former state representative, said in a written statement. “That is why today I filed to run for re-election. Thanks to Biden’s failed policies, our nation is $33 trillion in debt, our borders are wide open, global conflict is rampant, and Alabamians are worried about their own government weaponizing against them.

“We have a lot to do in Washington to get our country back on track, and my record shows I’ll never clock out when there is work to be done.”

In response to Moore’s filing Monday, Carl said, “bring it on.”

“I have a proven track record of putting Alabama first every day and delivering conservative results for Alabama’s First Congressional District,” he said in a statement. “I’m not afraid to fight Biden’s radical, out of touch ideas or whatever else comes my way.”

Both men have significant new ground to cover — Moore to the west, Carl to the east — and new voters to meet between now and the March 5 primary.

Carl had $869,297 on hand at the end of September, according to his latest campaign filing. Moore had $647,275.

Carl, a former Mobile County Commissioner who had started and owned multiple businesses, raised more than $2 million in his first bid for Congress.

Moore raised and spent more than $700,000 in his first Congressional race. 

Both men defeated Democrat opponents in 2020 and both closely aligned themselves with then-President Donald Trump.

Candidate qualifying for 2024 contests ends Nov. 10.

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