Aderholt wins seventh term in Congress

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville has won a seventh term representing Alabama's 4th Congressional District in Congress.

Aderholt easily defeated Jasper attorney Nick Sparks Tuesday to win re-election in a district which stretches across north Alabama.

The victory will make Aderholt Alabama's second longest serving House member behind Rep. Spencer Bachus of Birmingham.

The 43-year-old Aderholt moved the 4th District into GOP hands in 1996 after the retirement of a longtime Democratic power, Rep. Tom Bevill.

Sparks was making his first race for political office.

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