DOTHAN, Ala. ( WDHN) —With elections less than 20 days away, political analyst Steve Flowers is sharing his outlook on the upcoming general election.
“I think you’re going to see a very high turnout,” Flowers told WDHN. “It’s a presidential race, a high-profile race. You have the congressional race. You have also a U.S. senate race, between Tuberville and Jones, so that’ll be a high turnout, but presidential race drives the vote.”
Presidential races didn’t always drive the votes in Alabama. Flowers says a long time ago, Alabamians voted more in the primary than in the general election. The thought was that voters cared more about their local elections and how it affected them directly.
However, this election, Alabamians are focused on the presidential race, senate race, and the congressional race. Up for the 2nd congressional seat is Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall and Republican Barry Moore.
“Winning the second congressional district in Alabama, like most congregational districts, is tantamount to an election because it’s a very Republican district,” Flowers said. “It shouldn’t be much of a race for representative Barry Moore to win that race.”
According to Flowers, Alabama was a democratic state until about 60 years ago. Now, Alabama is a republican state. That makes it tough for any democrats running, including Doug Jones, in the senate race against Tommy Tuberville.
“It’s going to boil down to party,” Flowers said. “I think that Jones has had a lot of money, he’s had a lot of liberal, democratic money put in her because it is such an anomaly for a democrat to be in a Republican seat in Alabama. I think with it being a presidential year, Jones has an uphill battle. And again, when you see the results, and you say well Tuberville sure beat Jones by a large margin, it’s not so much that they are voting Tommy Tuberville versus Doug Jones. They vote for people in the primary. But once that’s decided, they vote party in the presidential election.”
Flowers also said during general elections, most Alabamians are straight republican ticket voters. He went on to say said the country, including Alabama, has become so partisan that many people vote for the party not the person during general elections.