Democrat Terri Sewell defeated Sheila Smoot on Tuesday in the contest for the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.).

The Associated Press called the race for Sewell, with her ahead of Smoot 56 percent to 43.

If Sewell wins in November, she would become the state’s first black congresswoman.

Sewell, who had the financial backing of EMILY’s List, raised more than $1 million during the campaign. In a statement Tuesday night, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock congratulated Sewell, who is expected to win easily in the heavily Democratic district come November.

“EMILY’s List is thrilled to celebrate Terri Sewell’s hard-fought victory in Alabama, where voters responded to Terri’s principled track record of accomplishments, her optimism and dedication to her community and to her hard work on the campaign trail,” Schriock said in a statement. “In this reliably Democratic district, Terri will continue to campaign toward the general election talking about the issues that matter so much to people in Alabama — jobs and education — and will bring that focus and dedication with her to Washington.”