Palmer defeats Kline to win 3rd term

Palmer defeats Kline to win 3rd term

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —  GOP Rep. Gary Palmer has defeated an early leader of Alabama’s craft beer industry to win a third term representing deeply conservative central Alabama in Congress.

Palmer outdistanced Democrat Danner Kline to retain the District 6 seat, which includes Birmingham’s heavily Republican suburbs and more rural areas to the south.

Palmer was elected in his first run for political office in 2014 after running a conservative advocacy organization, the Alabama Policy Institute, for more than two decades. He advocated increasing religious freedom, decreasing environmental regulation, and working with President Donald Trump to strengthen the military.

Kline is the founder of Free The Hops, an organization that paved the way for the state’s growing craft beer industry by advocating for legislators to revise Prohibition-era laws.