Fresh from losing the special Senate Republican primary, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) yesterday announced that he will seek re-election to the north Alabama congressional seat that he originally won in 2010. Mr. Brooks already faces primary opposition from businessman Clayton Hinchman who is connected to political consultants associated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Though the 5th District is a safely Republican seat, a GOP primary battle here could turn competitive even though Mr. Brooks demonstrated geographical strength in the Senate primary. He placed first in the 5th District portion of the state with 41%, more than 20 points higher than his statewide percentage, and carried his home Madison County with majority support.
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