BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Five Republican members of Alabama’s congressional delegation are seeking re-election against poorly financed Democrats.
The GOP candidates include Sen. Richard Shelby, who is seeking his sixth six-year term.
Some of the Democratic challengers are trying to make points by tying the Republican incumbents to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Shelby’s Democratic opponent, Ron Crumpton, is sending emails to would-be supporters highlighting some of Trump’s more controversial statements.
But Shelby hasn’t been closely linked with Trump like Alabama’s other Republican senator, Jeff Sessions. And the strategy could be a gamble since Republicans dominate state politics and a Democrat hasn’t carried Alabama in a presidential election since 1976.
Four Republican House members from Alabama are seeking re-election against Democratic opponents, and three members of Congress from Alabama don’t have major party opposition.