BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Unofficial returns show state Rep. Priscilla Dunn of Bessemer has defeated state Rep. Merika Coleman of Hueytown in a Democratic runoff for a seat in the Alabama state Senate. The winner will represent Senate District 19, which covers part of Jefferson County.
No Republicans signed up to run in the heavily Democratic district. With all but one precinct reporting Tuesday night, Dunn had 3,444 votes, or about 56 percent, to 2,705 for Coleman, or 44 percent.
The special election became necessary when the seat was vacated by E.B. McClain of Brighton. A federal court jury convicted McClain in January of money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy involving state funds.