With Alabama’s candidate filing deadline fast approaching on February 9th, state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison), who months ago declared a challenge to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), announced at the end of last week that he will discontinue his primary challenge campaign. This leaves businessman Clayton Hinchman as the only Republican candidate organizing to challenge the four-term Congressman. Sen. Holtzclaw had not performed well on the fundraising trail, which became a major factor in his decision not to move forward. Mr. Hinchman is a more well rounded candidate, but he, too, is a major underdog to the current incumbent.
AL-5 is a solidly Republican district (Trump ’16: 65-31%; Romney ’12: 64-35%), so the eventual GOP nominee will have little trouble holding the seat in November.
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