GOP runoff: 2nd dist. leader vs. tea party hopeful

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The runoff for the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat in southeast Alabama reflects the GOP's struggle between established conservatives and less-known, right-wing tea party candidates.

Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby, with a political track record to support her candidacy, is viewed as too status quo by tea party activist Rick Barber, a Montgomery pool hall operator.

They face each other in the July 13 runoff. Roby got 48 percent of the vote in the June 1 primary, just short of winning the nomination without a runoff. Barber came in second with about 28 percent of the vote in the four-candidate field.

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