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Ala. elects two women to Congress

* Corrects to indicate Roby and Sewell are not first female representatives from Alabama.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrat Terri Sewell has become the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Alabama. She joins Republican Martha Roby Tuesday night as only the second and third females ever elected to Congress from Alabama.

Sewell won the 7th District seat Tuesday, turning back Republican businessman Don Chamberlain, as early unofficial returns showed her pulling about three-fourths of the vote.

Sewell, who is from Selma and practices law in Birmingham, won easily in the heavily black and Democratic district, which stretches from downtown Birmingham deep into the state's Black Belt region in west and southwest Alabama.

She fills the seat left vacant by U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, who lost a bid to become Alabama's first black governor. 

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