CRAWFORD: Tea Party loss in Alabama not foretelling

Some may think last week’s congressional primary result in South Alabama foretells good things for Senator Thad Cochran and other Republican senators facing challenges by Tea Party candidates.

Maybe not.

GOP establishment candidate Bradley Byrne defeated grassroots Christian and Tea Party favorite Dean Young in the Republican run-off for retiring Congressman Jo Bonner’s House seat. Byrne is a former state senator who was upset in the Alabama Republican primary for governor in 2010 by Robert Bentley, also a grassroots Christian and Tea Party favorite. Young is a businessman and Judge Roy Moore supporter who previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress and Secretary of State.

Bill Crawford
11/11/13