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Byrne wins GOP runoff in AL's 1st District

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Bradley Byrne has won the Republican runoff in Alabama's 1st Congressional District.

With 91 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Byrne had about 53 percent of the vote; Dean Young garnered roughly 47 percent.

The Republican primary presented a classic clash between the two sides of the Republican Party. Byrne was the establishment candidate, drawing support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two men who held the 1st District office, Jo Bonner and Jack Edwards. Young ran as an outsider, aligning himself with the tea party and drawing praise from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Byrne advances to the general election Dec. 17 against the Democratic nominee, Mobile real estate agent Burton Leflore. Leflore has raised little money in a district that has voted Republican since 1964.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby congratulated Byrne on his nomination Tuesday night.

"Congratulations to Bradley Byrne for winning the Republican nomination in the race to become Alabama's next congressman from the 1st District," Rep. Roby said in a statement. "I'm proud that Republicans in South Alabama put forward such a determined leader who can help our party craft and articulate conservative solutions to this country's problems. I look forward to Bradley crossing the finish line in a few weeks and becoming a valuable part of Alabama's delegation in Congress."

ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead also congratulated Byrne.

Armistead released the following statement:

I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Bradley Byrne for his victory tonight to become the Republican nominee for Congressional District 1. The people of southwest Alabama should be confident that they have selected a strong conservative Republican who will work hard for them in Washington.

Residents in southwest Alabama have been called to do their civic duty many times this year through multiple special elections, I ask that they continue to fight to have their voice heard and go to the polls one more time this year to ensure that Bradley Byrne is the next Congressman from the First Congressional District.

This has been a hard fought race and I commend Dean Young for his passion to serve the people of southwest Alabama. It is time for everyone to unite behind Bradley and take our fight against Obama to Washington. Republicans have held this southern congressional seat since 1964, but we cannot afford to take it for granted.

I know that Bradley will represent his district and state well as he fights to get our country back on track from the train wreck we have experienced with the Obama Administration. In recent months, it has become more evident than ever that this nation is in need of strong leadership. Bradley's years of public service and long-standing dedication to Alabama will serve him well in Washington. The full backing of the Alabama Republican Party will go with him to Washington and it is our sincerest hope that he and our Alabama delegation will continue to work to turn our country around.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.

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