United States Senate election in Alabama, 2002

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United States Senate election in Alabama, 2002
1996 ←
November 5, 2002 → 2008

  Jeff Sessions official portrait.jpg
Nominee Jeff Sessions Susan Parker
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 792,561 538,878
Percentage 58.6% 39.8%


County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jeff Sessions

Elected U.S. Senator

Jeff Sessions

The 2002 United States Senate election in Alabama was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions won re-election to a second term. [1]


In the 1968 presidential election, Alabama supported native son and American Independent Party candidate George Wallace over both Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Wallace was the official Democratic candidate in Alabama, while Humphrey was listed as the "National Democratic".[2] In 1976, Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter from Georgia carried the state, the region, and the nation, but Democratic control of the region slipped after that.

Since 1980, conservative Alabama voters have increasingly voted for Republican candidates at the federal level, especially in Presidential elections. By contrast, Democratic candidates have been elected to many state-level offices and comprised a longstanding majority in the Alabama Legislature.

Democratic primary[edit]



Original on June 4th[4]

Alabama Democratic senatorial primary, 2002[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Susan Parker 190,978 48.0%
Julian L. McPhillips Jr. 170,222 42.8%
Wayne Sowell 36,719 9.2%
Totals 100.00%

McPhillips won many counties in the southern part of the state, but Parker won the most counties. Sowell endorsed Parker for the run off.

Runoff on June 25th

Alabama Democratic senatorial primary runoff, 2002 (100% Reporting)[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Susan Parker 176,708 65%
Julian L. McPhillips Jr. 94,540 35%
Totals 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]


Sessions was not challenged in the primary.[7]


Alabama Republican senatorial primary, 2002
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jeff Sessons 100%
Totals 100.00%

General election[edit]



2002 United States Senate election, Alabama[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeff Sessions (incumbent) 792,561 58.58 +6.13
Democratic Susan Parker 538,878 39.83 -5.63
Libertarian Jeff Allen 20,234 1.50 +.06
No party Write-In Votes 1,350 0.10 +.06
Majority 253,683 18.75
Turnout 1,353,023
Republican hold Swing


See also[edit]