Bright to Face Love in Congressional Campaign

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- WSFA 12 News was first on the air Tuesday night with results from the state's primary election. In the bitter race for the second congressional district, State Representative Jay Love of Montgomery is the republican winner.

Love won with 54% of the vote. State Senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocumb received 46%.

Love will face the democratic party nominee, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright in the general election in November.

WSFA 12 News was with Bright at his campaign headquarters Tuesday night. He was eager to see who his republican opponent would be, but insisted, it won't change the way he campaigns.

"We've set our sights on November and that's our goal and this doesn't change anything," Bright said.

And after watching recent negative campaigning on the republican side, Bright made a promise to voters.

"I will never, never go negative," he said. "If someone slings mud at me, I will respond with my side of the story, but I have no intention of tearing another man down just to elevate myself."

Bright's pro-gun and anti-immigration policies almost make him sound like a conservative -- perhaps a smart move in a district that has voted Republican for more than four decades.

But Bright and his staff are also touting his connections, as a democrat, to the congressional majority in Washington, D.C.

"They're telling me, if I win, they want to work with me and give me priority as far as placements on committees of my choice," Bright sad.

He says he would be most interested in serving on the armed forces and agriculture committees since military bases and farmers have such a big impact on the state's economy.

Bright is hoping to win over voters in both of district two's major geographic regions. He says he hopes voters in Montgomery will choose him based on his record as mayor. But he points out he also has connections in the wiregrass, where he grew up.

Reporter: Mark Bullock