In Alabama Senate race, a 30-year incumbent chances nothing

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Posted: Feb 25, 2016 11:05 AM
In Alabama Senate race, a 30-year incumbent chances nothing

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) — Five-term Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby faces off Tuesday with four challengers in the Republican primary that will be the first test of if a surly voter mood will have any impact on down-ballot races.

Shelby is playing it safe as he seeks a sixth term in office. He has run an aggressive advertising blitz despite being favored to win re-election.

Shelby's challengers are hoping to capitalize on the anti-establishment surge, suggesting that it is time to end Shelby's lengthy stretch in office.

Shelby's most aggressive challenger is businessman and former marine, Jonathan McConnell.

He also faces former Army Ranger John Martin, former state senator Shadrack McGill and technology consultant Marcus Bowman.