Key House Chairmen Bachus and Bonner Win Ala. Primaries

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 09:29 AM

 

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two key House committee chairmen staved off aggressive primary challenges in Alabama, while Mississippi's junior senator has cruised to victory in his GOP primary contest.

In Alabama, U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus and Jo Bonner both won GOP primary races against multiple candidates.

Bachus and Bonner were both targeted by the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Texas-based super PAC that seeks to unseat incumbents.

Bachus, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, faced questions about an Office of Congressional Ethics probe of his investment activities. Bonner, who heads the House Ethics Committee, was among five committee Republicans who withdrew from a long-standing investigation of a Democratic congresswoman amid questions about their impartiality.

In neighboring Mississippi, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker defeated two GOP primary opponents and will face Albert N. Gore Jr., the winner of a three-way Democratic primary.

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