Business-backed Bradley Byrne wins in Alabama

The Republican establishment struck back on Tuesday, notching a win over a tea party candidate in a closely-watched special runoff election for an Alabama congressional seat.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bradley Byrne, a staid former state senator, led Dean Young, a conservative real estate developer who likened himself to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.

The two were running to succeed six-term former GOP Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned from the Mobile-area 1st District seat in August. Byrne is expected to easily secure the conservative seat in the Dec. 17 general special election over nominal Democratic opposition.