Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives is considered a solid red district. In fact, Cook Political Report deems it R+16, meaning in the previous two presidential elections, this district’s results were 16 percentage points more Republican than the national average.
Located in southeastern Alabama, the district includes Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties and a portion of Montgomery County.
Currently Rep. Martha Roby fills the seat. First elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010, Roby has be re-elected three times, in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Prior to her time in Congress, Roby worked as an attorney and served as a city councilman in her hometown of Montgomery.
In the 2018 General Election Byrne faces political newcomer, Democrat Tabitha Isner, an ordained minister turned policy analyst.
FiveThirtyEight, a statistics-driven news-and-analysis site, anticipates the 2nd District race being in the closest in the state, giving Isner a 1 in 40 chance of winning the seat. That said, Alabama’s 2nd District has only supported a Democrat for Congress once, and only for only two years, since 1965.
Here’s a look at the voting history of the District:
U.S. House, Alabama District 2
General Election 2016
|Martha Roby (R)||48.8 percent||134,886 votes|
|Nathan Mathis (D)||40.5 percent||112,089 votes|
|276,584 total votes|
General Election 2014
|Martha Roby (R)||67.3 percent||113,103 votes|
|Erick Wright (D)||32.6 percent||54,692 votes|
|Write-in||0.1 percent||157 votes|
|167,952 total votes|
General Election 2012
|Martha Roby (R)||63.6 percent||180,591 votes|
|Therese Ford (D)||36.3 percent||103,092 votes|
|Write-in||0.1 percent||270 votes|
|283,953 total votes|
General Election 2010
|Martha Roby (R)||51.1 percent||111,645 votes|
|Bobby Bright (D)||48.9 percent||106,865 votes|
|218,510 total votes|
General Election 2008
|Bobby Bright (D)||50.2 percent||180,591 votes|
|Jay Love (R)||49.6 percent||142,578 votes|
|Write-in||0.2 percent||448 votes|
|287,394 total votes|