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Bradley Byrne, pleased with Tuesday’s primary results, says his campaign has ‘another half’ to go

Posted on September 25th, 2013


Bradley Byrne’s strong lead in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for the 1st Congressional District represents the equivalent of one half of football, and that his campaign can’t let up in the second half.

“We’ve got to get up tomorrow and do it again,” Bryne said to his supporters at Ed’s Seafood Shed after jumping out to a commanding lead, according to unofficial returns from the special election to fill the vacated congressional seat last held by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile.

Bonner left his seat in early August to take a job at the University of Alabama System in Tuscaloosa.

Byrne, who will face Dean Young in November’s runoff, said it doesn’t matter who is his opponent is.

“Our game plan is the same,” Byrne said. “We’ll have plenty of opportunities to debate.”

He said he’s not concerned about the potential of outside groups pumping money into the campaign leading to the runoff, saying he’s focused on garnering voters from “the people of southwest Alabama.”

It was the Alabama Education Association’s influence, slightly more than three years ago, which played a part in his unsuccessful run at the governor’s office.

“The people of southwest Alabama will vote for the person they want to represent their person in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Not what people in Nevada or Washington or wherever people make Robocalls or where they give $5,000 contributions. We’ll focus on the people here.”

While Byrne held an unofficial commanding lead Tuesday, he said the likely win doesn’t represent a “vindication” from the 2010 gubernatorial primary that he lost to current Gov. Robert Bentley.

Byrne said things are different this time, noting that the overall campaign has been clean and absent of a special interest influence, and that he doesn’t plan to “let up” until it’s over.

“This is a six week runoff and every day is important,” he said. “We’ll wake up tomorrow morning and get right back to work.”