Republicans pick up another seat in the Legislature
Republican Phil Williams won the seat in North Alabama, which was vacant because of the conviction of former Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz.
Williams easily defeated Democrat Jenny Askins for the House District 6 seat.
The win also brings Republicans within single digits of a majority in the House for the first time since Reconstruction.
"We had a great candidate, the right message and Alabamians showed today that they are poised to end the culture of corruption that the Democrats have fostered for far too long," said state Rep. Mike Hubbard, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
Republican Paul Sanford won the race for a north Alabama Senate seat that was previously occupied by state Sen. Parker Griffith, a Huntsville Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Congress.
"There should be no doubt that the Alabama Republican Party has the team and resources to continue making history in 2010," Hubbard said in a statement.
Democrats control the Alabama House and Senate.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen