United States Senate election in Alabama, 2002

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

Republican primary[edit]


Sessions was not challenged in the primary.[3]

Democratic primary[edit]



Original on June 4[5]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Parker 190,978 47.99%
Democratic Julian L. McPhillips 170,222 42.78%
Democratic Wayne Sowell 36,719 9.23%
Total votes 397,919 100.00%

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 25

Democratic primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Parker 176,708 65.15%
Democratic Julian L. McPhillips 94,540 34.85%
Total votes 271,248 100.00%

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]