Bachus Dodges Challenge
U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) defeated three primary challengers to hold on to his party's nomination for his seat. Bachus is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and received support in his campaign from CUNA's Credit Union Legislative Action Council.
Media outlets reported that with more than 90% of the district's precincts reporting results, Bachus was ahead with between 59% and 60% of the vote compared to 27% for his nearest challenger, Scott Beason, a state legislator most well known for his role in crafting Alabama's law against illegal immigration.
In an endorsing editorial, The Birmingham News commented on what it judged to have a been a lackluster Bachus campaign so far.
“He has run a desultory campaign attacking President Barack Obama as a socialist rather than making much of a case for his own re-election,” the paper wrote and then noted that Office of Congressional Ethics investigation as well as Bachus support for the bank bailout, which was unpopular in his district.