COVID-19 may affect voter turnout next week

COVID-19 may affect voter turnout next week

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111cc彩票下载安卓Believe or not, coronavirus notwithstanding, we have three important GOP runoffs Tuesday. You will go back to the polls to elect two congressmen and a U.S. senator. That is assuming that you go vote and are not afraid of germs.

It will be interesting to see how the turnout is Tuesday. Mostly, older folks like me are the ones who vote in all elections, and we have been told for four months not to congregate with or get around other people. There could be some concern among older voters about going to the polls. Also, most poll workers are retired volunteers.

There is an open seat in the 2nd Congressional District. Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman is the favorite. He garnered close to 40% of the vote against a large field of candidates, including former state Attorney General Troy King, who finished fourth. A former state representative, Barry Moore, finished second with 20% and will face Coleman in the runoff. This district comprises the Wiregrass, Montgomery, Autauga and the Elmore River region.

The seat has been held by a Montgomery Republican, Martha Roby, for 10 years. She chose not to seek reelection.

It is surprising that Coleman and Moore hail from the Wiregrass, while most of the people in the district are in the River Region.

111cc彩票下载安卓Coleman has had a substantial campaign dollar advantage over Moore and the rest of the field. However, Moore has received a $550,000 gift from an innocuous Washington political action committee that has pummeled Coleman with negative ads. This contribution may make this race close.

111cc彩票下载安卓The 1st Congressional District seat in the Mobile/Baldwin area also is up for grabs. This is the seat opened by the departure of Bradley Byrne, who opted to run for the Senate. The two aspirants in the runoff are Jerry Carl, a veteran Mobile County commissioner and businessman, and Bill Hightower of Mobile, a former state senator. They finished in a dead heat March 3, with Carl getting 39% of the vote and Hightower 38%.

This race will be close and interesting. My guess is that Carl will win. He received some late important endorsements in the waning days.

111cc彩票下载安卓The marquee event will be the GOP runoff for the Senate between former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who held this seat for 20 years, and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. This one also will be close. The two conservatives finished in a virtual tie March 3.

The winner may be the one who took the best advantage of the 3½-month runoff delay caused be the COVID-19 pandemic. Each could have and should have simply used the phone to call every single potential Republican voter in the state.

They could have taken a page from the playbook of the most prolific politician in Alabama history, George C. Wallace. He would keep the telephone glued to his ear, constantly calling people eight to 10 hours a day at all hours of the day and night.

Tuberville and Sessions could have used this method of campaigning without getting out of quarantine mode. One-on-one, old-fashioned campaigning and asking people for their vote goes a long way in Alabama politics. Folks like to be asked for their vote.

111cc彩票下载安卓Tuberville has outworked Sessions in old-fashioned, one-on-one campaigning. Although Tuberville is a novice to Alabama geographically and politically, he has traversed the state and met a lot of folks in a grassroots campaign. He is a very likeable fellow and sells well personally. He did well in the rural areas in the first primary. The full support of the Alabama Farmers Federation probably helped him more than he realized.

If Tuberville wins, he needs to ask for a seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. The state has not had a senator there since the late Howell Heflin, who was its chairman. By the way, the seat that Sessions and Tuberville are aspiring to is the one held by Heflin for 18 years.

This runoff has the potential to have a low turnout due to trepidation from older voters, and it will be hot as blazes in mid-July.

111cc彩票下载安卓Y’all vote.

111cc彩票下载安卓Steve Flowers’ weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He can be reached at .

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