Presidential Election

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Republican presidential candidates have carried Alabama in every election since Ronald Reagan began the streak in 1980, and President Bush is favored to make it seven in a row today against Democrat John Kerry and three others.

The Alabama ballot also lists independents Ralph Nader, Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party and Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party.

The wide margin in the polls made Alabama a non-battleground state, which meant it didn't get a campaign visit from Bush or Kerry this year. It took Hurricane Ivan to get Bush to stop briefly in Orange Beach on Sept. 19 to view storm damage to the Alabama coast.

Four years ago, Bush beat Al Gore in Alabama by 15 percentage points, even though Gore came from neighboring Tennessee.

The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Alabama was Jimmy Carter of Georgia in 1976.