MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - With 59 percent of the votes counted, the Associated Press has called the Alabama U.S. House District 2 race for Republican Barry Moore.
Moore, a south Alabama businessman and former state legislator faced Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the general election. At last check, his lead over her was nearly 20 points.
While it wasn’t the result that Harvey-Hall wanted, she says she still hopeful for the second congressional district. She thanked supporters for what she said was a great race.
Harvey-Hall says she will continue to work in the district, fighting for issues like healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and education. She also says she would work with Moore.
“We have to hold elected officials accountable and I think once we do that, I think we will see our state change and we’ll see the outcome that we want to see and we’ll see Alabama move forward,” Harvey-Hall added.
Before challenging Harvey-Hall, Moore had to fight off other GOP contenders for the nomination earlier in 2020, including a primary runoff race against businessman Jeff Coleman.
Moore will replace longtime Dist. 2 Rep. Martha Roby, also a Republican, who decided in 2019 that she would not seek a sixth term. She gave her endorsement during the primary to Coleman.
Moore’s win extends a Republican hold on the seat. Save for one term when Rep. Bobby Bright held it as a Democrat from 2008-10, District 2 has voted for Republicans since the 1960s.
District 2 stretches geographically from Montgomery to the agriculturally rich Wiregrass area in the southern portion of the state. It’s also important for covering Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base as well as Fort Rucker.
“I chaired military veterans' affairs for Alabama for a number of years, carried a lot of bills,” Moore, who is also a veteran, said in July while seeking the nomination. “We brought the F-35 to Montgomery. My support of the military is clear.”