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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is making a pair of stops in Alabama to support Republicans.

The one-time presidential candidate will be in Troy on Thursday morning for a rally with GOP Attorney General Luther Strange. Strange is being opposed by Democrat Joe Hubbard in November.

Santorum will be in Birmingham in the afternoon for an appearance with 6th District congressional candidate Gary Palmer before a fundraiser for the Jefferson County GOP. Palmer is opposed by Democrat Mark Lester in the general election.

Alabama Policy Institute

A former Bush administration staffer is taking over as president of a conservative think tank in Birmingham.

Caleb Crosby has been named to lead the Alabama Policy Institute. He's been with the group for more than three years as vice president and chief financial officer.

Crosby worked with President George W. Bush's administration in the Environmental Protection Agency and as a financial adviser. He also worked at the Treasury Department.

Alabama Democrats have picked a history professor at Birmingham-Southern College to run as the party's candidate in the 6th Congressional District.

Mark Lester will face Republican Gary Palmer in the Nov. 4 general election. The Republican-leaning district is currently represented by retiring U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The party's executive committee named Lester to replace Avery Vise, who dropped out of the race earlier this month.

Avery Vise / Twitter

The Democratic nominee in Alabama's 6th District congressional race is giving up his campaign.

Avery Vise said Thursday he's withdrawing from the race and has sent a letter to the Alabama Democratic Party informing leaders of his decision.

The party will now get to select someone to run against Republican nominee Gary Palmer in the general election in November.

Vise is new to politics and he says his small business is taking on new challenges that make it difficult to campaign.

Associated Press

Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th congressional district.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in unofficial returns, Palmer had 47,491 votes or 64 percent to DeMarco’s 27,295 votes or 36 percent. Palmer was comfortably ahead in all six counties in the central Alabama district, which includes Bibb, Shelby, Chilton and Coosa counties as well as portions of Blount and Jefferson counties.


A state legislator and the founder of a conservative policy group are meeting in the runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer are competing in Tuesday's runoff to replace the retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The winner faces Democrat Avery Vise in November. The central Alabama district is considered one of the nation's strongest-leaning Republican areas.

Alabama Policy Institute

The two Republicans still competing in Alabama's 6th District congressional race are going head-to-head in a candidate forum.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and policy analyst Gary Palmer will appear jointly at an event scheduled for Tuesday night at Jeff State Community College.

The campus is located in vote-rich Shelby County, a Republican-dominated area key to the 6th District race.

DeMarco and Palmer are on the GOP ballot in a runoff election scheduled for July 15. They're vying to replace retiring Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The third-place finisher in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, has thrown his support to Gary Palmer in the runoff.

Beason says he and Palmer have known each other for many years through Beason's work in the Legislature and Palmer's leadership of the Alabama Policy Institute in Birmingham. Beason says Palmer knows the issues and is ready to serve.

Palmer ran second in the Republican primary June 3 to state Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood. They face off in the runoff July 15.

Credit Alabama Policy I?nstituteThe co-founder and former president of the Alabama Policy Institute, Gary Palmer of Birmingham, has decided to go from advising politicians to being a politician.Edit | Remove

The co-founder and former president of the Alabama Policy Institute, Gary Palmer of Birmingham, has decided to go from advising politicians to being a politician.