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Robert Bentley clinches Republican nod for governor in Alabama

By Felicia Sonmez

Alabama Republicans selected their nominee for governor tonight, handing state Rep. Robert Bentley a come-from-behind victory over former state Sen. Bradley Byrne.

Bentley held a steady double digit edge over Byrne throughout the night, a reversal of the June 1 primary where Byrne placed first while Bentley barely made it into the runoff -- eking out a 267-vote win over the businessman Tim James (R).

Byrne was backed by much of the state's Republican establishment including outgoing Gov. Bob Riley (R); he also out-raised his rival by more than three to one. But in the six weeks since the primary, Bentley surged to a lead in the polls, boosted by a barrage of negative ads funded by the Alabama Education Association slamming Byrne.

Bentley's victory tonight was keyed by his especially strong showing in Tuscaloosa County. He won the county in the primary with 63 percent but he exceeded that showing tonight -- winning with 88 percent to Byrne's 12 percent.

Bentley goes on to face Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D), who himself won the Democratic nod in an upset over Rep. Artur Davis (D) last month.

In the 2nd district runoff, establishment Republicans saw their preferred candidate, Montgomery Councilor Martha Roby, cruise to a victory over tea-party supported businessman Rick Barber.

Roby, who placed first in the June primary with 49 percent, was the heavy favorite going into the runoff but Barber sought to mobilize his tea party supporters with controversial ads in which he urged voters to "gather your armies" and equated the administration's economic policies to slavery. Roby will face freshman Rep. Bobby Bright (D) in the fall; a poll conducted for Bright's campaign in February showed him leading Roby 54 percent to 30 percent in a general election match-up.

Meanwhile, in the race for Davis' 7th district seat, attorney Terri Sewell bested Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot for the Democratic nod and Don Chamberlain won the GOP nod. Sewell, who enjoyed the backing of EMILY's List, had been favored going into the runoff, and she remains the favorite heading into the general; the heavily Dem-leaning district voted 74 percent for President Obama in 2008. If elected, Sewell will make history as the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

By The Fix  |  July 13, 2010; 10:15 PM ET
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*** Illegal Alien * SCOFFLAW SCAMNESTY * Is * TREASON * Against AMERICAN Workers !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Kitten2 you have another fervid fan! Teabaggers also are: ignorant of the true purpose of the Boston Tea Party. It was not about taxes and absolutely not about the tea (which I'm sure they all loved like good Brits do). The protest was about REPRESENTATION. The colonists only wanted to have a voice in their government and a say in what would be taxed and how much. They were not against taxes per se.

Posted by: revbobbylee | July 15, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Time wounds all heels !!

Posted by: wma2 | July 14, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So, with Tea Partier Barber being resoundingly rejected by the democratic process, will he take Sharron Angle's advice and resort to "Second Amendment Remedies"? Roby better watch her back.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | July 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

All these Deep South Republicans rail against the federal government, although these poor states receive more in federal aid than they pay in income taxes. California, New York, and Connecticut pay more in federal taxes than they receive in federal aid. Republicans here keep the uneducated riled up against social issues, while keeping policies in place that hurt the middle class. My home state, Georgia, just exempted up to $100,000 in retirement income from any state income taxes, while middle class taxpayers pay probably 10 percent of income to this tax for incomes far below this.

Republicans offer no "Contract with America" or any agenda this election year. Just the same policies that drove this country to economic ruin during the Bush Presidency!

Posted by: georgiaguy | July 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"It's a bag with tea in it, you moron. Ever made tea? I laugh my a$$ off every time I see one of you Teabagging fools whine about the name of your own party, given to you by the founders of your own party. I'm laughing so hard right now at you and your pathetic little mind that it's hard to type."

__________________
Moron is a pretty big word for someone that doesnt know anything about the founding fathers and the BOSTON TEA PARTY. Where does it say teabagger. You must have been at the top of your special ed class.
Read about it and learn what really happened in 1773
http://www.boston-tea-party.org/

Posted by: kevinnpost | July 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm NOT a Republican. Nor am I a Tea Party member. Registered Independent. I support just about anyone OPPOSED to illegal aliens or amnesty. Very few Dems are.

Everyone in the White House and Congress serving FOREIGN NATIONALS HERE ILLEGALLY are TRAITORS, who should be IMPEACHED and PROSECUTED.

Additionally, federal law says it's a felony crime, punishable by 5 years prison and $5,000 fine EACH count, to aid or abet, or to encourage or harbor, an illegal alien.

See:
http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/AidAbetUnlawfulSec8USC1324.html

Posted by: tncdel | July 14, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So it's Bentley vs. Sparks for Governor of Alabama. I would say Sparks has a shot here to become the next gov., but Bentley is the favorite. It will be interesting to see if Roby gives Bright a real race, I'm guessing she will and that one moves to a toss-up.

Posted by: reason5 | July 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are even voting against Congress members that voted for TARP, Bush's bailout of the Banksters.
No one liked TARP, but if the Banksters hadn't been bailed out, we would have LOST our deposits and the middle class would be in worse shape now financially.
Stupid, stupid Teabaggers! - and yet they support Republicans that OPPOSE the financial regulatory reform bill!

The South Carolina Teabagger candidate for governor "wouldn't have" voted for TARP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is now supporting her Democratic opponent.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are even voting against Congress members that voted for TARP, Bush's bailout of the Banksters.
No one liked TARP, but if the Banksters hadn't been bailed out, we would have LOST our deposits and the middle class would be in worse shape now financially.
Stupid, stupid Teabaggers! - and yet they support Republicans that OPPOSE the financial regulatory reform bill!

The South Carolina Teabagger candidate for governor "wouldn't have" voted for TARP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is now supporting her Democratic opponent.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

scottchallenger wrote>>>But to equate Hitler with the liberal or left wing is a huge, bold face lie that is easily disproved by reading an accurate history book and not some revisionist theory by Beck, Hannity or Limbaugh.

Very true - but since Righties are easily influenced, Republicans and radical rightwing pundits merely throw out scary words like "socialism" and "terrorists" to describe Democrats - and Righties believe.
Pitiful.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

scottchallenger wrote>>>But to equate Hitler with the liberal or left wing is a huge, bold face lie that is easily disproved by reading an accurate history book and not some revisionist theory by Beck, Hannity or Limbaugh.

Very true - but since Righties are easily influenced, Republicans and radical rightwing pundits merely throw out scary words like "socialism" and "terrorists" to describe Democrats - and Righties believe.
Pitiful.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"I hope all of you using the term "teabagger" dont have children and have to explain what that means. Grow up and stop showing your ignorance.

Posted by: kevinnpost | July 14, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse "

It's a bag with tea in it, you moron. Ever made tea? I laugh my a$$ off every time I see one of you Teabagging fools whine about the name of your own party, given to you by the founders of your own party. I'm laughing so hard right now at you and your pathetic little mind that it's hard to type.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Alabama, isn't that the state with all the oily shores? Yeah, those Republicans are really doing well for you down there.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 14, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

While I don't really care which right wing nutjob is nominated for Governor of Alabama, it is refreshing to see the candidate with less money win one now and then.

Posted by: Honus | July 14, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Since the current agriculture commissioner Ron Sparks (D) is killing USA agriculture ...he is out.

Posted by: dottydo | July 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I guess the armies gathered, alright...and took dead aim at the T Party.

Also...Hitler was a idiolized product of the right wing, not the left. Why do right wingers think Hitler was a sociolist? Hitler hated Sociolists, you fools, read your history books. He also hated commys.

But to equate Hitler with the liberal or left wing is a huge, bold face lie that is easily disproved by reading an accurate history book and not some revisionist theory by Beck, Hannity or Limbaugh.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"As for Bentley, he came under scrutiny for his ads depicting him as a "Hospital Commander Vietnam War," when in fact he did not serve overseas in Vietnam at all, but was instead a doctor at a military base in North Carolina."

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Alabama.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Koresh, McVeigh, Nichols, Cheney, Bush, Palin

Posted by: luridone | July 14, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Teatards is the most accurate term, agreed.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Bozo, Gacy, McVeigh, Wallace, OldAtlantic

Posted by: johng1 | July 14, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Marx Lenin Trotsky Alinsky Ayers Obama

Posted by: OldAtlantic
================================
DUDE you need to
add Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandella, Buddha, John F Kennedy to the list.

Every single person you listed was responding to the cruel right wing corporate greed of industrailization that was killing people, wrecking lives and starting huge wars.

In fact all of them were far more intelligent then your paLins and Bush Jr.

This country cannot go through another Republican Revolution and survive.

ISA


Posted by: vettessman | July 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers prove once again that Alabama is the buckle on the bible belt of ignorance.

Posted by: areyousaying | July 14, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Hopinghere2 posts July 14, 2010 8:39 AM

"The Dems have had control of Congress since 2006 and things have gotten worse. Bush was a terrible president, no one is denying that, but Obama is worse and the Dems policies are destroying the country. It is time to fire the politicians and hire true public servants."

Democrats took over the house Jan. 20, 2007 the senate was a tie with the party of "HELL NO WE WON'T DO ANYTHING TO HELP AMERICA" and has been gridlocked because republicans have used filibuster tactics more in the last three 1/2 years than any time in history.

BUT! To say now "Bush was a terrible president, no one is denying that," is amazing. You people denied what was happening until GWB and Paulson went to congress with a three page no strings attached TARP bill demanding immediate passage before the U.S. economy completely collapsed.
When Obama assumed office the country was $10+ Trillion dollars in debt with a ten year projected deficit of $8-12 Trillion dollars, 8.5 million lost jobs.
Obama put back on the fiscal books two unfunded wars, unfunded prescription drug benefit which seems to have shocked you people into the realization that the economy is circling the wash basin drain that Gingrich, DeLay and Norquist were so giddy about using to drown the beast.

Suddenly you are now ready to cut and run from cheney/bush's two wars of choice blaming Obama for starting the wars for oil.

And now blaming Obama for something republicans have been planning for the last 30-40 years, destruction of the middle class, is amazing as well.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Alabamans aren't that stupid after all. Maybe they didn't all go to Auburn. Maybe enough of them attended a good school, like the one in Tuscaloosa, to make a difference.

Posted by: Garak | July 14, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Marx Lenin Trotsky Alinsky Ayers Obama

Posted by: OldAtlantic | July 14, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Will You Marry Me, kitten2? I Think I'm In Love Again. Always Did
Love Me Some Kittens. Less Fond Of Cats Though. Old Slick
Rick Barber's Not A Bad Old Boy At All. He, Like So Many Others
Got BlindSided By And Caught Up In The Satanic Right Wing Propoganda Fox Murdoch Matrix. Rick Has Learned An Important
Lesson About Flirting With Evil. Talked To Him Last Night Briefly.
He Has Been Saved. He Knows Better. Fortunately, Its Not Too
Late For Him. Some Of These People Can Still Be Reached. Politics
Aside, At The End Of The Day, Most Folks Of Goodwill Just
Want The Best For Their Children And A Brighter Tomorrow.*MI*

Posted by: maximusgc1 | July 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Let's set the facts straight!!! ~ In 1937 FDR listened to Republicans and cut government spending, to avoid inflationary pressures, scaling back many of his "New Deal" programs, the effects of which, prolonged the "Great Depression", until WW-II finally pulled the nation into economic recovery, through INCREASED Government Spending!!! ~ Recovery would have been greatly hastened, had FDR NOT LISTENED to Republicans!!!

Posted by: ArbuckleDoc | July 14, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

kevinpost, why don't you explain to your kids about the billboard comparing your president to Hitler and Stalin?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 14, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

This needs to be accomplished: Permit the Russian agent of influence, Anya Kushchenko aka Anna Chapman, entry into the United States. In exchange, call on the Russian government to allow the Islamic Caliphate agent of influence, Barrack Hussein Obama, to emigrate to Russia.

By the US Government's own admission, Anya Kushchenko was not a "spy" in the legal meaning of the word. She is pro-business, and while in Great Britain, complained about that country's lax immigration policy and likely agree the US policy is even worse. There is no indication she has contempt for the United States or hatered toward it's people or for of government.

On the other hand, the Islamic Caliphate agent of influence, Barrack Hussein Obama, (currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC. while President of the US, did bow deeply before the king of Saudi Arabia; did engage in a tour of the mid-east where he denounced the policies and history of this country and did direct NASA to eliminate the manned space program and to begin a top priority program to make Islamic countries feel good about their scientific contribution to the world in the middle ages.

Moreover, Mr Obama clearly has, at a minimum, raging contempt for the American people.
Phoenix Arizona, is a haven for the Mexican drug cartel and we fear one attractive Russian woman???!

Posted by: SLAM608 | July 14, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Let's go with teatards instead of teabaggers so as not to hurt their poor widdle feewings.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 14, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Poor Barber, not even a tea-pandering WaPo giving him an op-ed piece helped.

Posted by: RollaMO | July 14, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris? where's the W.Va. story...nothing on any link?

Posted by: crrobin | July 14, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Cutting spending in a recession is the one guaranteed way to make it worse.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 9:20 AM

==

Electing Democrats is the way to keep immigration going in a jobs depression. (For Libs who need help with math, that makes the jobs depression worse.)

Posted by: OldAtlantic | July 14, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic. DEMoncats have really hit the bottom of the barrel. Have they NO shame. Cant they stand on their Track Record? We know Obama and Reid are liars and fraudsters, but now Hoyer joins Durbin, Boxer, Pelosi, Nadler, and Lautenberg as far left wack jobs. Stop the spending Stop raising taxes NO amnesty NO cap and trade No socialized Health care.

Posted by: espnfan | July 14, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

'At least most of the Republicans admit they made mistakes and need to move in a different direction -- cut spending and pay off the deficit'

Cutting spending in a recession is the one guaranteed way to make it worse.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

45upnorth @ July 14, 2010 7:31 AM wrote "At least most of the Republicans admit they made mistakes and need to move in a different direction -- cut spending and pay off the deficit."

Ah ... can you produce evidence of that? I have yet to see a hard proposal of the spending that Republicans will cut. There has been a 'budget' that Boehner, I believe, kept waving, but it had no numbers. A budget with no numbers is pure nonsense.

So, can you product tangible evidence? Until then, all I can say is that Reagan tripled the debt, and Bush doubled it. And the Republican Congress in 2001 simply waived away the 'paygo' guidelines.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 14, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

don't worry mr barber will create a cottage industry from the loss. folk like him will never run out of "enemies" who "steal" elections. look at palin. there will always be a liberal cabal(in their minds at least)to blame for their defeat. and a certain segment of supporters who believe the same and give these people money. maybe a good sign for the R's and a sign of sanity from the voteres in Albama.

Posted by: david-fahey1 | July 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

So, the Tea Party cannot even win the Republican primaries? I thought it is an irresistible popular movement, not just the right wing of the Republican party.

Perhaps now any sane Republicans left will begin to make amends and and fix the party.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 14, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

And once again Americans choose the rational candidate over the teabagger kook.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | July 14, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

But "Lipton Libertarian" doesn't have the same ring. And wasn't it a teabag person who first used "teabag" as a verb, on FoxNews?

Posted by: mattintx | July 14, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

'Teabaggers' was the movement's term of choice. They coined it. Their ignorance of its slang meaning is their problem, as is their ignorance of history, law, the Constitution and democracy.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Good post kitten2. The tea baggers are being used, manipulated by the radical right and do not have the intelligence to see this. They represent hate, anger, fear mongering, lies, distortions and irresponsible beliefs.

Posted by: kathlenec | July 14, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

kevinnpost wrote:
hope all of you using the term "teabagger" dont have children and have to explain what that means. Grow up and stop showing your ignorance.
*********
LOL- so, your saying that you don't have the mental acumen to explain the hanging teabags so prevelant on the movement's headresses? If that's the case your kids have more to worry about than political choices.


Posted by: overed | July 14, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

This excuse is getting very worn out. The Dems have had control of Congress since 2006 and things have gotten worse. Bush was a terrible president, no one is denying that, but Obama is worse and the Dems policies are destroying the country. It is time to fire the politicians and hire true public servants.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | July 14, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised Bright is ahead in a poll. Alabama incumbents in Congress almost never get tossed out in general elections. Last time that happened was in 1992, and only because Dem Ben Erdreich's seat (the 6th) was completely altered to make way for the 7th to be majority-minority. Erdreich lost to Spencer Bachus. Before that, the last incumbents to lose general elections were Sen. Jeremiah Denton in 1986 and 2 or 3 Republican Reps in 1966.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | July 14, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Since using "teabagger" allows, rather, demands that we all ignore that post... this board should dry up very soon.

just try it.

simply ignore any post with that term in it, let's see what happens.

Posted by: docwhocuts | July 14, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I hope all of you using the term "teabagger" dont have children and have to explain what that means. Grow up and stop showing your ignorance.

Posted by: kevinnpost | July 14, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse


"I never miss an opportunity to insult the voters."

Your Typical Leftist

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 14, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Weak argument. At least most of the Republicans admit they made mistakes and need to move in a different direction -- cut spending and pay off the deficit. That appears to be something the Obama supporters in both the House and Senate seem to ignore. Lets just see what 2010 and 2012 bring us.

Posted by: 45upnorth | July 14, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Happy to see the moronic teabagger Rick Barber go down in flames.

'Taxes are slavery" -- great Rick, without taxes how do we pay for roads, for schools, for the military?

Libertarians are free lunch idiots.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Kitten2, I believe in the competitive mechanism and I think the USA is an exceptional experiment, a difference maker in political history.

Entitlements, which get their name from the fact that we prepaid for them through supposedly dedicated payroll taxes and are thus entitled to them, are the biggest single expense of the federal government and are underfunded in the actuarial sense to a catastrophic extent. See, for example,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_budget

I am not a TEA person.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 14, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are:

A misinformed, right-wing corporate media consumer who often fails to understand that BOTH major parties represent a corrupt plutocracy that steals from the middle class by taxing labor and profiting from corporate tax subsidies.

Teabaggers fail to acknowledge that George W. Bush and his neo-conservative minions perpetrated one of the boldest and most egregious executive power grabs in the history of the United States. Furthermore, they continue to blame a newly elected President Obama for all that ails the United States of America, based on a grossly flawed perception of reality (including latent racial prejudice) and despite the fact the U.S. economy collapsed on the previous administration's watch.

Teabaggers are also known to base their misguided, right-wing-media-inspired beliefs about President Obama on stupid conspiracy theories about totalitarian takeovers, FEMA camps, etc., despite the fact these very same theories have been circulating around on the Internet for years (and in print since the 1980's), and were originally ascribed to neo-conservative cabalists at a time when Barack Obama had not even entered national politics. Teabaggers also are known to be particularly paranoid, xenophobic and intolerant, especially with regard to immigrants and anyone who isn't white.

Additionally, teabaggers generally echo stupid myths about entitlement spending (it actually only accounts for about 1% of federal budget spending), have no idea that most poor people in America are not lazy, actually do work and don't want to be on welfare, and have no idea what socialism actually means or what socialist reforms really look like.

Furthermore, teabaggers incorrectly equate socialism with Stalinism, think a system that rewards greed (capitalism) is the divine preference (despite evidence to the contrary), and are shameless champions of a misguided belief in American exceptionalism.

Teabaggers also fail to recognize the inherently unpatriotic nature of their failed every-man-for-himself ideology that ultimately vilifies anyone who supports public policy aimed at reaching out to fellow Americans in need. They celebrate an exploitative corporatocracy (holy creator of jobs, blah blah blah) while denigrating the little guy for being "weak."

Every village has its idiots, of course, but it's sad when citizens of any nation allow themselves to be whipped into a frenzy en masse by a state-run propaganda machine masquerading as a legitimate, fair, balanced and independent political organization. Teabaggers are right to believe the future of the U.S.A. is in jeopardy, but sadly they have not yet correctly identified the real enemy. Perhaps when teabaggers finally grow up and mature into thinking adults, they will see the right-leaning power establishment for the oppressive and cunning beast that it is.

Fellow Americans, Let's go throw some Lipton "tea bags" into a fountain.

Posted by: kitten2 | July 14, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh, poor teabaggers.

Another one of your boys went down today despite your white trash lies, huh?

Posted by: binkynh | July 14, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see Barber went down. Rare to see a politician be honest that appealing to fear was the basis of his campaign.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 13, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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