Campaign 2016: Richard Shelby vs. Ron Crumpton for Alabama Senate seat

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) -- UPDATE: Richard Shelby is the projected winner.


The Presidential election is not the only item on the ballot. Alabama has four contested House races, and one in the Senate. Republican incumbent Richard Shelby is running for re-election. His challenger is Democrat Ron Crumpton.

Tuesday morning, Senator Shelby voted at the Church of the Highlands in Tuscaloosa. Shelby says his experience in Washington makes him the best choice for Alabama voters. The Republican incumbent was first elected to the Senate in 1986 after serving four terms in the House.

"I ran again because I think I have the experience and energy. The people have sent me up there a long time. But it's not how long you are up there, it is what you do and what you stand for when you are up there.  And I think I can do some positive things for America to make America's economy grow to give people opportunities," Shelby said.

Democratic challenger Ron Crumpton says running for the U.S. Senate has been a thrill. Crumpton says he has really enjoyed meeting people in Alabama to find out what they want in Washington. The Democrat has worked in Montgomery over the past 10 years as an activist for patient's rights. Crumpton has also worked on legislation such as the Alabama Medical Marijuana Safe Access Act.

"Today is a big day so and we are looking forward to it, and we think we might surprise some people so we are just happy that it is here. It has been a long road and I don't want it to end because I've met so many good people and have such a good time," Crumpton said.

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