Sewell, Smoot Hope to Make History in 7th Dist

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The winner of the Democratic primary runoff Tuesday for the 7th Congressional District seat between Shelia Smoot and Terri Sewell will be the lopsided favorite to win election this fall in the heavily Democratic district.

That means either Sewell, a Birmingham lawyer, or Smoot, a Jefferson County commissioner, could become the first woman elected to Congress from Alabama in a contested vote. Other women who represented Alabama in Congress got there either in a special election without opposition or by appointment after their husband, the incumbent, died.

The winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary will face the winner of the Republican primary runoff between Don Chamberlain of Selma, and Birmingham businessman Chris Salter.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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