There will be a runoff in the Republican primary for the Alabama House of Representatives District 2 on March 31st. We know that Dothan businessman and political newcomer Jeff Coleman will be in the runoff. However, it is unclear if he will be facing former state representative Barry Moore from Enterprise, AL or political newcomer Jessica Taylor from Autauga County.
Current representative for District 2, Martha Roby, decided that she was not going to run again for her seat. This opened the seat for a race with no incumbent to run against.
Jeff Coleman secured his spot in the runoff with 38% of all votes cast in the primary. Former State Representative Moore is currently leading Jessica Taylor by less than 800 votes.
The decision on who will secure the second place in the runoff against Coleman will come down to provisional ballots, absentee ballots, and vote certifications in the different counties in the district.
Early on in the race, it looked like Coleman was pulling away and could win it outright without a runoff. However, controversy surrounding an investigation by the federal government into his moving companies for overcharging the Department of Defense to move military families from one base to another hurt his chances of winning this race outright. His opponents, especially Moore and Taylor, were able to make a lot of headway and eat into his lead with that controversy.
Former Representative Barry Moore was one of the first elected officials in the state of Alabama to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump at his first-ever stadium-style campaign rally in 2015 in Mobile, Alabama.
Jessica Taylor rose to fame with her quirky campaign commercials showing off her basketball skills (she played on a state championship high school basketball team at Weaver High School). She joined forces with other conservative women throughout the nation to form the “Conservative Squad” to try and counterbalance the influence of “The Squad”. “The Squad” consists of liberal House of Representatives members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley.
Jessica Taylor released the following statement:
“While we wait patiently for all the ballots to be counted, I want to offer my congratulations to Barry Moore on his strong finish in this race. At this time, it appears likely that he will be the one to move forward into the run-off.” Jessica continued, “It has been a great privilege and the experience of a lifetime to be able to take our conservative message to the national stage. We started a Conservative Squad to go toe-to-toe with the radical socialists in the swamp. We have fought to promote and protect our Alabama values. I am proud to say we have shown that there are strong, conservative Republican women ready to lead. The support and encouragement we received from conservatives across the district, this state, and the nation has been humbling. To my team, my family, and all our supporters — to everyone who believed in us — I am forever grateful. Thank you so much.”
The winner of the March 31st Republican primary runoff will face Democrat Phyllis Harvey Hall, a former educator, who won her primary challenge last night outright with 58% of the vote cast in that race.