Alabama Democrats enthusiastic, but can they win?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Hopeful after electing Doug Jones as U.S. senator and energized by their opposition to President Donald Trump, Alabama Democrats have more candidates running for statewide office in 2018 than they did four years ago.
But whether Democrats can pick off even one Republican incumbent in a deep red state is an entirely different matter.
No Democrat holds statewide office in Montgomery, and Alabama’s nine-member delegation to Washington includes seven Republicans.
But starting with the race between GOP Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, Democrats are expressing more optimism than in recent years.
Democrats are contesting nine statewide offices this year as opposed to six in 2014. That includes the high-profile offices of lieutenant governor, attorney general, and chief justice. The ballot includes six contested congressional races.
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