The Green Papers: Alabama 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 3 June 2008
Runoff (CD 2 R, CD 5 R): Tuesday 15 July 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
2000 Census:4,461,130 (1.58% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):3,333,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):2,528,963
Capital:Montgomery
Tuesday 3 June 2008 polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 15 July 2008 polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) to 7:00p CST (0100 UTC).
 

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Alabama State and Local Government

Alabama 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


4 December 2008: Certified General Election Results - Complete with write-in appendix (Certified 11/25/2008).


22 September 2008: Synchronized with Alabama Secretary of State - General Election - November 4, 2008.


If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Tuesday 3 June primary, a runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters on Tuesday 15 July.

3 June 2008 Primary Results from a media source

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 9 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Republican 1,266,546 60.32% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
(9 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Democratic 813,479 38.74% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Independent 6,788 0.32% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Independent; (Libertarian) 4,991 0.24% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Independent; (Constitution) 4,310 0.21% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Scattering 3,705 0.18% Write-In
  Candidate Write-in; (Green)     former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Write-in     Frank Moore
Vice President: Susan Block
Total 2,099,819 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for election
Republican Senator Jefferson B. "Jeff" Sessions
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Senator Jefferson B. "Jeff" Sessions
  Elected Republican 1,305,383 63.36% Senator Jefferson B. "Jeff" Sessions
FEC S6AL00195: $4,956,130
  Candidate Democratic 752,391 36.52% state Senator Vivian Davis Figures
FEC S8AL00282: $332,750
  Candidate Scattering 2,417 0.12% Write-Ins
  Candidate Write-in; (Boston Tea)     Darryl W. Perry
Alabama Statesmen; Boston Tea Party; Christians for Life and Liberty
Total 2,060,191 100.00%  

Class 3 Republican Senator Richard C. Shelby
First elected as a Democrat: 1986; re-elected: 1992; Changed Party affiliation to Republican: 9 November 1994; re-elected as a Republican: 1998, 2004.
[also served in the U.S. House- elected: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984 as a Democrat]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Bob Riley
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer Kay Ivey
  Candidate Republican     Tim James

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Elected separately from the Governor

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor James Elisha "Jim" Folsom, Jr.
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (4 Renominated, 1 Open);
2 Democratic (1 Open, 1 Renominated)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Josiah Robins "Jo" Bonner
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Josiah Robins "Jo" Bonner
 ** Uncontested Race **
  Elected Republican 210,660 98.27% Congressman Josiah Robins "Jo" Bonner
FEC H2AL01077: $842,270
  Candidate Scattering 3,707 1.73% Write-Ins
Total 214,367 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Open
Republican Congressman Terry Everett
First elected: 1992
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - 26 September 2007: Announced that he is retiring and will not seek re-election.
 Polls: Toss-up - Republican state Representative Jay K. Love vs. Montgomery Mayor Bobby Neal Bright, Sr.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 144,368 50.23% Montgomery Mayor Bobby Neal Bright, Sr.
FEC H8AL02130: $1,236,100
  Candidate Republican 142,578 49.61% state Representative Jay K. Love
Received 35.48% in the Tuesday 3 June 2008 primary. Proceeds to Runoff 15 July 2008. Won the runoff with 53% of the vote.

FEC H8AL02080: $2,446,492
  Candidate Scattering 448 0.16% Write-In
Total 287,394 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Michael "Mike" Rogers
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Michael "Mike" Rogers
  Elected Republican 142,708 54.03% Congressman Michael "Mike" Rogers
FEC H2AL03032: $1,480,933
  Candidate Democratic 121,080 45.84% Joshua Steven "Josh" Segall
FEC H8AL03047: $1,090,145
  Candidate Scattering 332 0.13% Write-Ins
Total 264,120 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Robert B. Aderholt
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Robert B. Aderholt
  Elected Republican 196,741 74.76% Congressman Robert B. Aderholt
FEC H6AL04098: $666,973
  Candidate Democratic 66,077 25.11% Nicholas Bernell Sparks
FEC H8AL04052: $24,879
  Candidate Scattering 349 0.13% Write-Ins
Total 263,167 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Congressman Robert Edward "Bud" Cramer, Jr.
First elected: 1990
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Announced he would not seek re-election 13 March 2008.
 Polls: Leans Democratic - WATCH - Democratic state Senator R. Parker "Parker" Griffith
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 158,324 51.52% state Senator R. Parker "Parker" Griffith
FEC H8AL05109: $1,843,945
  Candidate Republican 147,314 47.94% Wayne Parker, Jr.
Received 48.80% in the Tuesday 3 June 2008 primary. Proceeds to Runoff 15 July 2008. Won the runoff with 79% of the vote.

FEC H4AL05025: $1,279,164
  Candidate Scattering 1,644 0.54% Write-Ins
Total 307,282 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Spencer T. Bachus
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1992
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Spencer T. Bachus
 ** Uncontested Race **
  Elected Republican 280,902 97.79% Congressman Spencer T. Bachus
FEC H2AL06035: $1,460,646
  Candidate Scattering 6,335 2.21% Write-Ins
Total 287,237 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Artur Genestre Davis
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Artur Genestre Davis
 ** Uncontested Race **
  Elected Democratic 228,518 98.63% Congressman Artur Genestre Davis
FEC H0AL07060: $1,692,708
  Candidate Scattering 3,183 1.37% Write-Ins
Total 231,701 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Attorney General Troy King
Appointed as 8 March 2004 by Governor Bob Riley; First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Treasurer Kay Ivey
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Possible candidate for Governor in 2010

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Auditor S. Samantha "Sam" Shaw
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Agriculture and Industry Commissioner Ron Sparks
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 4 incumbents, 7 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Boston Tea: 1 candidate
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 9 candidates
  Write-in: 3 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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