HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in his matchup against Democratic challenger Charlie Holley.
With all but a few precincts remaining as of late Monday night, Rep. Brooks (R-Huntsville) held a commanding lead over Holley (D-Huntsville), who was making his first run at elected office.
Congressman Brooks had roughly 67% of the vote compared to Holley’s 33% tally, a 2-1 margin that reflected the lopsided nature of the race. Brooks did not spend any money in this year’s campaign with his rival running on a bare-bones campaign budget. The freshman lawmaker serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and became the first Republican to ever win back-to-back election bids in north Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.
A throng of supporters congratulated Brooks on his victory at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
“I would like to thank my staff,” said Brooks. “I’ve been blessed with a tremendous staff that’s had a lot of interaction with people all over north Alabama, and of course the citizens of north Alabama who were kind enough to reward me with another two years in Washington D.C. That really is a high honor to be bestowed upon anyone.”
Charlie Holley thanked his supporters for their hard work and belief in him, in his concession speech. Holley says, as a first-time politician, his campaign made mistakes and learned along the way.
“There has been a lot of growth,” said Holley. “I now know what to do if I choose to run in the future.”
Holley says he isn’t sure if he will run again, but it isn’t off the table.
With 97% of precincts reporting, Brooks had 173,925 votes compared to 86,316 votes for Holley. Brooks defeated former Congressman Parker Griffith in the GOP primary earlier this year.