Ala. GOP boasts of party switchers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Republican Party is asking state Democrats to consider joining the Republican Party before Alabama Democrat Party qualifying begins on Saturday, December 3rd.

At a press conference held Friday at Republican Party Headquarters in Birmingham, party Chairman Bill Armistead announced that 50 elected officials had joined the Alabama Republican Party since last year's general election.

Armistead said, "Things have changed in Alabama. Many of us standing in this room today remember when there were barely enough Republicans in Alabama to fill up a phone booth. Now we have two Republican United States Senators and six Republican United States Congressmen."

"When the Alabama Democratic Party opens qualifying tomorrow [Saturday], it is my hope that those conservatives who are still on the fence will reconsider which office they need to head towards to turn in their qualifying papers."

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