Ala. 1st District special primary set for Sept. 24


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A special primary election to fill the seat being vacated by 1st Congressional District Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile has been set for Sept. 24.

Gov. Robert Bentley received permission Friday from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to set the expedited schedule. Bentley has said he's trying to make sure a successor is elected by the time Congress goes into session in January.

If a primary runoff is needed, it will held Nov. 5 with the special general election on Dec. 17. If no runoff is needed, the special general election will happen on Nov. 5.

Qualifying has been set for Aug. 3-5.

Eight Republican candidates have already said they will run. No Democrat has announced.

Bonner is stepping down to accept a position with the University of Alabama system.

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