Saturday, April 3, 2010

Party switching and other news in Bama country

Longtime Alabama State Senator Jim Preuitt switched to the GOP yesterday a few hours before the filing deadline. He had been on the outs for a few years now with the Barron,Little,Bedford and Sanders group who run the state senate so it wasnt really a surprise. His switch though officially gives the GOP the most senators its ever had in Alabama. The democrat majority is now down to a 20-15 margin. Another former longtime politician returned yesterday but this time as a GOPer. Former State Senator Gerald Dial filed as a GOPer this time. He was defeated in 2006 by Kim Benefield but she chose not to seek reelection this year. One final nugget concerning yesterdays filing deadline in Alabama comes from the 3rd Congressional district. Josh Segall(D) who came very close to knocking off Congressman Mike Rogers(R) two years ago withdrew at the last minute for unspecified reasons. So that seat can be moved back into the safe GOP category for this falls elections.

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