The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Republican Bradley Byrne wins Alabama special election

In a victory for the business wing of the Republican Party, Bradley Byrne (R) won a special election for U.S. House in Alabama Tuesday, easily defeating Democrat Burton LeFlore in the state's heavily conservative 1st congressional district.

Businesses and allied groups made substantial investments in Byrne's campaign to defeat an insurgent tea party candidate in the GOP primary. The Chamber of Commerce spent big to help Byrne, a business attorney. He also received a flurry of donations from large companies.