MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrats have claimed an Alabama congressional seat held by Republicans for 44 years. And they held off a GOP challenge to an open north Alabama House seat long filled by Democrats.
Conservative Democrat Bobby Bright claimed victory in Alabama's 2nd Congressional District as Republican state Rep. Jay Love conceded the tight race at around midnight.
Democrats had eyed the southeast Alabama district, in the GOP column since 1964, as a Southern seat that could help strengthen their majority in the House.
In north Alabama, Democratic state Sen. Parker Griffith held off a GOP bid to claim the 5th District, a Tennessee Valley region that Democrats have dominated for more than a century. It was one of the few seats in the U.S. that the GOP hoped to wrest from Democrats.
Griffith defeated insurance executive Wayne Parker, receiving almost 52 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.
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