Alabama 2nd District Election 2010: Rep. Bobby Bright looks to see of challenge from Martha Roby

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Washington Post Staff
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 11:57 AM

The House race in Alabama's 2nd District pits freshmen Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL) against Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby (R) in another example of the power of shifting public opinion in this midterm election.

As WhoRunsGov explains:

Without Obama at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2008, Bright might never have made it to Washington, at least not as a Democrat. Alabama's 2nd district has been represented by Republicans for over 40 years, but in November 2008 he eked out a narrow victory over Republican Jay Love, thanks to Obama's popularity with black Southern voters and the resulting "coattail" effect.

During her 2010 House campaign against freshman Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Roby ran against the conservative Democrat by pointing to the first vote he cast in Congress: for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House speaker.

As David Espo reported, Rep. Bright has attempted to assuage voters by announcing he won't vote to re-elect Nancy Pelosi as House speaker if he wins in November.

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