(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama Secretary of State)
Largest counties: Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Montgomery, Shelby. >
Largest cities: Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville. >
Secretary of State
|Voting Eligible Population*: 3,522,336.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.8%.
Total Registration: 2,854,616.
Voter Registration Deadline: October 26, 2012.
Ballot access note: Independent presidential candidates must file petition with signatures of 5,000 qualified electors by Sept. 6, 2012. [PDF]
As in the 2004 and 2008
presidential campaigns, the Republican
presidential ticket won with over 60-percent of the vote. The
Republicans' plurality was 460,229 votes (22.19 percentage points) and
they carried 52 of the 67 counties. The principals made a few
visits. Michelle Obama looked into tornado recovery
and did a fundraiser in Birmingham (July 18). Republicans did
three fundraisers: Mitt Romney in Birmingham (Aug. 15), Ann Romney in
Mobile (June 7) and Paul Ryan in Huntsville (Oct. 26). Although
Alabama was not competitive, the Obama campaign had a state director
and an office in Birminigham. Both sides encouraged
volunteers to help out in neighboring Florida.
Obama | (Romney)
|Registration (active): 2,646,579. Ballots Cast: 871,025. Voter Turnout: 32.91%.|
50 Delegates: 3 RNC; 26 at-large; 21 by CD (3 x 7 CDs).
2.19% of the 2,286 Delegates.
|Voting Eligible Population*: 3,398,289.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 61.8%.
Total Registration: 2,841,195 (active).
(169,443 inactive) >
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 24, 2008.
The McCain-Palin ticket won Alabama with a plurality of 453,067 votes (21.58 percentage points), carrying 54 of the state's 67 counties. Although the candidates bypassed Alabama in the Fall (the only principal event was Michelle Obama's appearance at a fundraiser in Mountain Brook (Birmingham) on June 23), Alabama activists helped out in neighboring Florida. Obama campaign volunteers made calls daily and traveled to Florida and knocked on doors every weekend. Turnout inspired by the Obama campaign contributed to Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright's (D) narrow win in the 2nd CD. Also of note, voter registration increased by more than 280,000 in the nine months between the presidential primary and the general election.
Obama/Allies | McCain/Allies | Nader
Eligible Population: 3,292,608.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.2%.
According to the Census Bureau (1), Alabama had the highest percentage of any state of people voting in person on Election Day, 96.7%.
Total Registration: 2,597,629.
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 22, 2004.
The last Democrat to win in Alabama was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Bush-Cheney padded upon their 2000 showing and continued the Republican winning streak. Bush-Cheney gained a plurality of 482,461 votes (25.62 percentage points) over the Kerry-Edwards ticket and finished ahead in 56 of the state's 67 counties.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies | Bush-Cheney '04
|General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population: 3,241,682.
Bush consistently had a comfortable lead in the polls, and there were no surprises on Election Day as the Bush-Cheney ticket won with a plurality of 248,562 votes (14.91 percentage points) and finished ahead of Gore-Lieberman in 49 of the state's 67 counties. In other races, "Ten Commandments" judge Roy Moore handily won the race for chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and voters approved Amendment 2 to remove the state's ban on interracial marriages.
General Election Activity
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