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Ala SD 11: GOP chooses new candidate, Dems cry foul

Doc's Political Parlor reports: The state Republicans today chose Talladega businessman Ray Robbins to replace Senate veteran Jim Preuitt on the ballot in Senate District 11. While Democrats feel good about their chances, one interested Republican told the Parlor after Preuitt dropped out, "If we don't have a nominee, that saves them a half million dollars [in campaign money] they can put somewhere else." ...

Will the Democrats challenge the Republicans' right to name a ballot replacement? The Democrats understood that August 27 was the last possible date they could name a ballot replacement in Jefferson County for Kenya Marshall if she were disqualified. Jim Spearman, the state Democrats' Executive Director, tells the Parlor, "I question their ability to do this when the Secretary of State's office tells me one thing and the Republicans are allowed to do another. That's why we hurried to have that meeting [on Aug. 26 to replace Kenya Marshall]. There ought to be a standard on it. At one point we have to have it by the 27th, it's the absolute deadline. They tell me one thing and do another in this instance." Read the whole story --> Alabama Politics in Doc's Political Parlor

(The Birmingham News print edition has a similar story, but the story is not online.)

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