MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Republican primary for Alabama’s second congressional district is headed to a runoff.
Jeff Coleman will face Barry Moore on March 31, the Alabama Republican Party confirmed.
Moore and Jessica Taylor had a tight race for second place in Tuesday’s primary. Moore is 755 votes ahead of Taylor.
Wednesday morning, Taylor released a statement saying her team was waiting for the final vote count, but it appears Moore will be in the runoff. She congratulated Moore and thanked her supporters.
Moore said his grassroots group of volunteers made the difference in the race.
“We did what so many said was impossible. We spent about $200k to our opponents two million dollars. Some polls showed us in 4th, others in 3rd. I am a candidate among the people. This is for the people. We have been at the festivals, fairs and parades meeting the people of District 2 face to face just like President Trump does,” Moore said in an emailed statement.
This is how the votes broke down for the top four Republican candidates:
- Jeff Coleman: 38,751 (38%)
- Barry Moore: 20,792 (21%)
- Jessica Taylor: 20,037 (20%)
- Troy King: 14,498 (14%)
It was a big night for Jeff Coleman in Dothan who won the most votes in the primary.
“This is the first time I’ve done this. I am not a politician. I’m a businessman, so we’re very encouraged and inspired by the results tonight,” Coleman said. “When you have a 7-person field with the win with the margin we won with tonight, we’re just going to carry that momentum in the 30-day runoff. We’re very encouraged and inspired. We got a huge outpouring support in my hometown and we’re ready to go back to work.”
The winner of the primary will face democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall on Nov. 3.