Businesses Help Byrne Make Political Comeback

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Republican Bradley Byrne has made a political comeback.

He went from losing the Republican runoff for governor in 2010 to winning the special election in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday.

Byrne drew strong support from business interests in both elections. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says Byrne's record of state services and his views on the issues didn't change from 2010 to 2013. He said the big difference was the Alabama Education ran attack ads in the governor's race, but didn't get involved in the congressional race.

Byrne agrees and says it was nice to run a race based on issues rather than fending off attacks.

The 58-year-old attorney says Congress will be his last public office and he has no interest in running for governor again.

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