Republican David Sessions and Constitution Party candidate Bill Atkinson face off in the House District 105 special election this Tuesday. No Democrat qualified for the race that became necessary when Gov. Robert Bentley tapped Spencer Collier (R – Irvington) to be Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
The default position here is to not to get too worked up about a third party candidate’s chances, though this race offers an interesting dynamic. As one reader described it in email:
The GOP nominee openly supported Ron Sparks and his campaign is run by two former Democratic legislators – Gary Tanner and Taylor Harper.
The Constitution Party nominee Bill Atkinson has actually raised $25,000 and has more activity on the grassroots.
Atkinson has been endorsed by Common Sense, Allied Women, Conservative Christians of Alabama, Alabama Alliance against Abortion, and defeated GOP candidate Michael Burdine.
That said, Sessions has a fundraising lead aided by $10,000 courtesy of state Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. Sessions also touts the support of Congressman Jo Bonner (R – Mobile) and every Republican state legislator from Mobile County.