|ALABAMA||9 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama Secretary of State)
Largest counties: Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa.
Largest cities: Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Huntsville.
Secretary of State
The last Democrat to win in Alabama was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Bush-Cheney padded upon their 2000 showing and continued the Republican winning streak. Bush-Cheney gained a plurality of 482,461 votes (25.62 percentage points) over the Kerry-Edwards ticket and finished ahead in 56 of the state's 67 counties.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies | Bush-Cheney '04
Voter Registration: 2,528,963
Bush consistently had a comfortable lead in the polls, and there were no surprises on Election Day as the Bush-Cheney ticket won with a plurality of 248,562 votes (14.91 percentage points) and finished ahead of Gore-Lieberman in 49 of the state's 67 counties. In other races, "Ten Commandments" judge Roy Moore handily won the race for chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and voters approved Amendment 2 to remove the state's ban on interracial marriages.
General Election Activity
|To qualify for presidential preference primary ballot access, a prospective candidate must file a petition or petitions with the state party chair between March 1 and March 15, 2004. The party chair may prescribe the petition format (not less than 500 valid signatures or not less than 50 valid signatures from each CD).||
|62 Delegates (Pledged 54, Unpledged 8) and 9 Alternates.|
Note: During the 2001 Regular Session, Sen. Steve French
(R/Birmingham) introduced a bill to create a separate presidential primary
on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March (SB69).
Then-Secretary of State Jim Bennett supported that effort. "During
the 2000 presidential primary season, Alabama's primary was dead last among
the 50 states," Bennett said. "By the time Alabama voters went to the polls,
the nominees of both major parties had long been selected and were already
preparing for the general election." [April 19, 2001 press release].
Bennett noted later, "Unfortunately, it did not travel far. The cost factor
is the main deterrent. Alabama is facing some severe budget restraints.
In our state, the taxpayers foot the bill for party primaries. I
don't think this is a dead issue, however, and we may see it again."
Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.