United States Senate election in Alabama, 2008
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|Elections in Alabama|
The 2008 United States Senate election in Alabama was held on November 4, 2008 to elect one of Alabama's members to the United States Senate. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions won re-election to a third term.
Since 1980, 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, until 2010, comprised a longstanding majority in the Alabama Legislature; see Dixiecrat.
In 2004, George W. Bush won Alabama's nine electoral votes by a margin of 25 percentage points with 62.5% of the vote. The eleven counties that voted Democratic are part of the Black Belt counties, where African Americans are the majority racial group.
On January 10, 2007, Rep. Artur Davis announced that he would not run for the seat. Despite voting heavily for George W. Bush in 2004, Alabama still had a strong Democratic presence in 2008, and Democrats controlled majorities in both chambers in the Alabama Legislature. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks appeared to be preparing for a run, but on June 12, 2007, he announced that he would not seek the Senate seat, in order to avoid a primary battle with State Senator Vivian Davis Figures.
Primary elections were held on June 3.
Sessions' approval rating was 56% in December 2007.
|Republican||Earl Mack Gavin||16,718||7.73%|
- Vivian Davis Figures, State Senator
- Johnny Swanson, Army veteran
- Mark Townsend, candidate for Governor in 2002
|Democratic||Vivian Davis Figures||112,074||63.72%|
- Jeff Sessions (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
- Vivian Figures (D), State Senator
- Darryl W. Perry (write-in), Libertarian Party nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 2004 and candidate for Mayor of Birmingham in 2007
Poll results showed Sessions with an exceptionally comfortable lead, which was verified by the election results. CQ Politics rated this race as 'Republican Favored'. The Cook Political Report considered it 'Solid Republican'. The Rothenberg Political Report considered it a 'Safe Republican'.
|Poll Source||Dates administered||Figures (D)||Sessions (R)|
|SurveyUSA||August 25–27, 2007||37%||59%|
|Rasmussen Reports||November 14, 2007||30%||62%|
|Rasmussen Reports||April 2, 2008||36%||57%|
|Rasmussen Reports||May 27, 2008||29%||62%|
|Rasmussen Reports||June 30, 2008||34%||58%|
|Rasmussen Reports||July 31, 2008||31%||58%|
|Survey USA||September 16, 2008 – September 17, 2008||31%||66%|
|Survey USA||October 8, 2008 – October 9, 2008||33%||64%|
|Survey USA||October 27, 2008 – October 28, 2008||32%||65%|
|Republican||Jeff Sessions (Incumbent)||1,305,383||63.36%|
|Invalid or blank votes|
- "Davis Won't Challenge Stevens". WTOK-TV. Associated Press. January 9, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2007.
- "Sparks says he won't seek U.S. Senate seat". The Birmingham News. June 12, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
- Election Dates from the Alabama Secretary of State]
- December 2007 SurveyUSA poll
- "Certified Primary Election Results: Republican Party" (PDF). Alabama Republican Party. June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
- "Certified Primary Election Results: Democratic Party" (PDF). Alabama Democratic Party. June 17, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
- senate.dwp2016.org Archived July 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Race Ratings Chart: Senate Archived October 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. CQ Politics
- 2008 Senate Race Ratings The Cook Political Report, September 18, 2008
- 2008 Senate Ratings The Rothenberg Political Report, July 19, 2008
- "Certified General Election Results without write-in appendix" (PDF). Secretary of State of Alabama. November 25, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
- 2008 Election Information from the Secretary of State of Alabama
- U.S. Congress candidates for Alabama at Project Vote Smart
- Alabama U.S. Senate race from Congress.org
- Alabama, U.S. Senate from CQ Politics
- Alabama U.S. Senate race from The Green Papers
- Alabama U.S. Senate race from OurCampaigns.com
- Alabama U.S. Senate race from 2008 Race Tracker
- Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org
- Sessions (R-i) vs Figures (D) graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Election News from Alabama Live news media
- Vivian Davis Figures, Democratic candidate
- Darryl W. Perry, Write-in candidate (Alabama Statesmen/Boston Tea Party)
- Jeff Sessions, Republican incumbent
- Johnny Swanson, Democratic candidate