Byrne defeats Kennedy to win 3rd term

Byrne defeats Kennedy to win 3rd term

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —  Voters in the 1st District of southwestern Alabama have elected Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne to a third full term in office.

The Fairhope resident defeated Democratic nominee Robert Kennedy Jr. of Mobile in balloting Tuesday.

Byrne campaigned in part by advocating construction of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border with Mexico. He says he wants to break a filibuster to gain congressional approval of the plan.

Byrne also has pushed for issues that are important on the Alabama Gulf Coast, including a proposed Interstate 10 bridge through Mobile that has been discussed for several years.

Kennedy is a business executive and former naval officer who won the Democratic nomination to oppose Byrne. Despite his name, he’s not part of the famous Kennedy clan of American politics.