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Race Ratings: Alabama Senate

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

Of the 35 seats in the Alabama State Senate, only 16 are being contested on Tuesday’s General Election Ballot.

That’s not to say this cycle hasn’t been competitive in the Senate. There were some heated races in places where the primary all but decides who the senator will be.

Republicans will certainly hold on to their solid majority in the Senate, and they could possibly add to it. Republican Donnie Chesteen replacing Independent Sen. Harri Anne Smith in Dothan means President Pro Tem Del Marsh and Majority Leader Greg Reed will add one more to their caucus. But, they are hoping to fend off the rise of another independent in Craig Ford and prevent incumbent Sen. Larry Stutts from losing his seat to Democratic Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow.

“Senator Marsh and I have worked hard throughout the summer and fall to protect a conservative majority in the State Senate,” Reed told Alabama Daily News.

“I’m confident that we will have a good shot at maintaining a strong majority in the Senate when all the votes are counted on Tuesday.”

Below is a chart rating each of the competitive seats on a scale of Solid Republican, Leans Republican, Toss-Up, Leans Democrat, Solid Democrat.

Thank you to everyone who contributed information in helping me develop these ratings.

See something off? Did I get it wrong? Shoot me a note and tell me if there is information I need to know that would swing a race into a different column.

SDRepublicanDemocratThird PartyADN Rating
1Sen. Tim MelsonCaroline SelfLean R
2Tom ButlerAmy WasylukaLean R
6Sen. Larry StuttsRep. Johnny Mack MorrowToss Up
7Sam GivhanDeborah BarrosSolid R
10Andrew JonesRep. Craig FordToss Up
11Sen. Jim McClendonCarl CarterSolid R
12Sen. Del MarshJim WilliamsLean R
13Randy PriceDarrell TurnerLean R
14Cam WardJerry McDonaldSolid R
16Sen. Jabo WaggonerLindsey DeckardSolid R
21Sen. Gerald AllenRick BurnhamSolid R
23Malika Sanders-FortierMark StorySolid D
25Will BarfootDavid SadlerSolid R
26D.J. JohnsonSen. David BurketteSolid D
27Sen. Tom WhatleyNancy Carlton BendingerLean R
32Chris ElliottJason FisherSolid R
35Rep. David SessionsTom HolmesSolid R

Senate District 10 Race Profile: Craig Ford, Andrew Jones

Barfoot, Sadler up for State Senate District 25

Race Profile: Stutts, Morrow square off for Senate District 6

Elliott, Fisher face off in Senate District 32 race

Butler, Wasyluka square off for Senate District 2


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