U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne secured his first full term in office after defeating challenger Dean Young again March 1. Unofficial results Tuesday night indicated Byrne won slightly more than 60 percent of the vote in the 1st Congressional District, which represents Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Escambia and Monroe counties, as well as a portion of Clarke County.
The two orginally met in a runoff during a special election in 2013.
In a victory speech at Moe’s Original BBQ in downtown Mobile delivered two hours after the polls closed, Byrne cited his brief record in Washington fighting for an extended red snapper season, the proposed Interstate 10 bridge over the Mobile River and the Austal LCS contract.
“The voters here appreciate the fact that they have a congressman that is part of that effort in a constructive and effective way,” he said. “But they also say the appreciate that they have a congressman who has a true, proven, effective record as a principled conservative fighting at the national level fighting for the things that matter for the people.”
A statement issued by his office shortly afterward read: “I am so honored by the trust the people of Southwest Alabama have put in me. Tonight’s results show that our positive, issue-based campaign worked and that voters did not fall for a campaign based on misinformation and negativity. This is an exciting time for our area, and I promise to continue working everyday to make life better for families in Southwest Alabama. Now, let’s take the positive momentum from this election and spread it around the country as we work for big Republican victories in November.”
Byrne would not disclose who he voted for in the presidential primary and did not announce an endorsement of any Republican candidate. He does not have an opponent in the November general election.