Rep. Bonner defeats primary challenge in Alabama

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Bonner hasn’t faced a serious challenge since 2004, and has maintained a conservative record in the House during his five terms. But Bonner found himself under attack by a few challengers, including Young, who loaned almost $200,000 to his campaign.

He was also targeted by the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a furtive group that has set its sights on incumbent House members of both parties. CPA’s support was credited with helping defeat Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) in a primary one week ago, and it also targeted Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who was expected to also survive his primary challenge on Tuesday.

Bonner attempted to dismiss the group’s attacks by deeming it an out-of-state group trying to influence local elections. Meanwhile, his opponent hit him from the right, appealing to Tea Party sentiment and criticizing Bonner for supporting the Wall Street bailout and an increase in the debt ceiling.

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