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Barry Moore defeats Jerry Carl

On Tuesday votes in Alabama's First Congressional District went to the polls and they elected Congressman Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) over Congressman Jerry Carl (R-Mobile),

Moore has 53,805 votes (51.75% of the votes) to Jerry Carl's 50,156 (48.25%). A total of 103,961 votes were cast.

Rep. Moore thanked the voters for placing their confidence in him.

"I am grateful to God, my family, the voters, my staff and the many dedicated volunteers and supporters who made tonight possible," said Moore in a statement. "I am excited about getting to work for the people of Alabama's First District. My wife Heather and I spent thousands of hours traveling the new district and getting to know the wonderful people who are fighting for the same things we are - small government, our constitutional freedoms, fiscal responsibility and a secure border. The First District can count on me to hold the line and be their true conservative voice in Washington."

Moore is Alabama's only member of the House Freedom Caucus and the Freedom Caucus went to bat for Moore sending money; but also sending founding Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) to Alabama for multiple campaign stops for Moore.

Moore also had the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump (R). Trump won over 84 percent of the primary vote in Alabama and his endorsement carries great weight in a Republican primary in Alabama. Moore was the first elected official in the country to endorse Trump for President in 2015 and the former President never forgot that.

Carl repeatedly stated his admiration of Trump and touted his conservative credentials; but it just never swayed enough voters.

The rare battle between two Republican incumbents was due to congressional redistricting by a federal court. Moore, his native Coffee County, and the southern half of the Wiregrass were redistricted into CD1; while Carl's neighbors in the City of Mobile and the bulk of Mobile County's population were redistricted into CD2 with Montgomery and half of the Blackbelt. The shocking September court decision meant that there was little time to campaign and many voters were unsure in which district they were in until very late in the election process.

The newly redrawn CD1 is much Whiter, more Republican, and more rural than the old CD1 was and that all ultimately worked in Moore's favor.

Moore will still have to face Democratic nominee Tom Holmes in the November general election. Holmes did not face a primary opponent so has been able to save all of his resources for the general election.

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