Alabama - U.S. Senate

as of September 9

The Candidates

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Richard Shelby

  • Republican (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: May 6, 1934
  • Residence: Tuscaloosa, AL

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William Barnes

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: December 15, 1948
  • Residence: Clay, AL

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Previous Results

    Alabama U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Richard Shelby REP 1,242,200 67.6%
    Wayne Sowell DEM 595,018 32.4%

    U.S. President: Alabama (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 1,266,546 60.4%
    Barack Obama DEM 813,479 38.8%
    Ralph Nader IND 6,788 0.3%
    Bob Barr IND 4,991 0.2%
    Chuck Baldwin IND 4,310 0.2%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 9, 2010

The 'Unbeatable' Shelby

Richard Shelby (R) was first elected in 1986 and is seeking fifth term. Whether running as a Democrat, which he did before his party switch in November 1994, or as a Republican, Shelby has been unbeatable in Alabama, and that is likely going to be the case this year. An influential and powerful member of the Appropriations Committee, he is also a prodigious fundraiser. Not that he needs it this year. He is expected to breeze past attorney William Barnes (D). -Ken Rudin

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