Runoffs Possible in 7th District Primaries

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Both the Democratic and Republican races in the 7th congressional district appeared headed toward runoffs late Tuesday.

Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot and attorney Terri Sewell are leading two other candidates in the Democratic race, but neither has more than half the vote.

Among Republicans, Don Chamberlain and Chris Salter are ahead in a four-candidate field.

Rep. Artur Davis gave up the 7th District seat in the heavily Democratic district to run for governor. He lost the Democratic nomination to Ron Sparks.

Democratic Primary District 7 (as of 11 p.m. Tuesday)
355 of 422 precincts - 84 percent
Terri Sewell 29,515 - 37 percent
Shelia Smoot 22,776 - 29 percent
Earl Hilliard 21,283 - 27 percent
Martha Bozeman 6,323 - 8 percent

Republican Primary District 7 (as of 11 p.m. Tuesday)
383 of 422 precincts - 91 percent
r-Don Chamberlain 5,973 - 38 percent
r-Chris Salter 4,629 - 29 percent
Michele Waller 2,728 - 17 percent
Carol Hendrickson 2,524 - 16 percent
r-Advances to runoff


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