I've not spent 13 hours at a polling place since my own campaign on election day 4 years ago. Those of us making a last minute effort to influence voters had a good day at Thompson Manor in Bessemer.
Do we do any good by handing out ballots or candidate info to people on their way in to vote?
Who knows, But in a close race, when there are many races on the ballot, a voter might be coming to the poll in strong support of only one candidate in a single race, and really not decided on the other races, so we pass out our literature in hopes of gaining a vote or two.
At any rate, I think the voters of Alabama proved one thing yesterday. We are not a teabagger state.
Xenophobe Tim James seems destined to be left out of the runoff. He's currently in third place.
Theocrat Roy Moore can ride off into the sunset on that horse he's pictured on in today's Birmingham News.
Racial profiler wanna-be Steve French lost. (The victor of this primary may well be a teabagger).
Laughingstock Dale Peterson lost his youtube based campaign of threat to a couple of more sensible Republicans that will face each other in a runoff.
Teabagger-come-lately Parker Griffith lost his Republican bid for the seat that Democrats gave him 4 years ago. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, and it's not nice to fool Democrats either, Griffith. (His replacement leans teabag).
As for the Governor's race, the only surprise on the Democrat side was the margin of the Ron Sparks win over "throw 'em (both gays and blacks, other wise known as "your base") under the bus" Artur Davis.
Davis' vote against the health care bill has to go down down as one of the biggest political errors in Alabama history. Pundits are downplaying it, while every single black person I spoke with, and there were many, said that vote sealed the deal against him. Whoever advised him to vote that way (surely he didn't come up with that himself, heck, he's got a Harvard education! after all), should be fired. Oh wait, they don't have a job now anyway, do they?
On the Republican side, it is truly a gift from God if in fact it turns out that Tim James can join Roy Moore at Buck's Pocket (many of you younger readers might not know, but Buck's Pocket is "where all the defeated public officials go to lick their wounds after an unsuccessful election."
In the race to replace Davis in AL-07, Terri Sewell led the pack with 31,489 votes over Sheila Smoot with 24,376 votes. Earl Hilliard, Jr. came in third with 22,939 votes. Sewell and Smoot will face each other in a runoff.
Six weeks of campaigning to go for those in runoffs. I will investigate some numbers and comment more on these and other races later.