‘Red tsunami’ sweeps over Alabama Democrats

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Republicans crushed Democratic hopes of building on last year’s election of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

Republicans swept all statewide and contested congressional races on Tuesday as Alabama maintained its status as exceedingly tough territory for Democrats.

Unofficial returns show that most statewide Democratic candidates were kept at around 40 percentage points.

Republicans also appeared to pick up six seats in the Alabama Legislature where they already held a lopsided majority.

Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said a “red tsunami” swept over hopes of a Democratic blue wave.

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels said Democrats need to have a conversation about party infrastructure and brand.

Democrats faced an energized GOP electorate. Daniels said state amendments on abortion and the Ten Commandments were also turnout drivers for Republicans.

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