Frontline of GOP civil war: Alabama 1st

Lost in the larger races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia is the Republican runoff in Alabama's 1st distrct that is a microcasm of the civil war raging within the GOP. Two candidates - one being heavily backed by the Chamber of Commerce and the other a Tea Party favorite - are vying for the GOP nomination. The winner will be a a certain victor in the December 17 special election - the result of Rep. Jo Bonner' resignation last summer to take a position with the University of Alabama. The Hill: Amid a concerted effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to secure a win for former state Sen. Bradley Byrne in the deep-red district, polls show his race against conservative underdog Dean Young remains a toss-up. Byrne and Young are vying to replace ex-Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned last summer to take up a new position with the University of Alabama. The winner of the GOP primary is considered a shoo-in to win the Dec. 17 special election. The Chamber spent about $200,000 to boost...(Read Full Post)