WASHINGTON (3/15/12)--House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who was supported in part by credit union sponsored radio advertisements, easily won his U.S. House district Republican primary this week and will now run for reelection to his House seat this November.
Bachus, who has served in the House since 1993, gained 59% of the vote. His nearest challenger, state Sen. Scott Beason, received 27% of the vote. Bachus would have had to face his nearest challenger if he did not win 50% of the primary vote.
Rep. Bachus is heavily favored to win the general election in his conservative district this fall. The Alabama congressman faced a tough Republican primary fight, and the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) backed Bachus by running rush-hour radio ads in the days leading up to Tuesday's primary. The ads ran in Alabama's sixth congressional district, which includes Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and a portion of the state capitol, Montgomery. (See March 14 News Now story: CUNA backs Bachus in tough primary fight)
Another Alabama congressman, Rep. Jo Bonner, also won his respective Republican primary yesterday with 56% of the vote, according to the Mobile Press-Register. CULAC and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions also supported Bonner, who will run unopposed in November.