Roby GOP nominee for U.S. Congress

Published 11:53 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After a six-week battle from the June 1 primary, Martha Roby ousted her election opponent Tuesday for the Republican nomination in the Second Congressional District Race.

Roby beat Rick Barber with 60 percent of the vote and will now face Democrat incumbent Bobby Bright in the Nov. 2 general election.

“I am extremely grateful for everyone who supported me, and I am proud to have earned the Republican nomination. I look forward to a vigorous discussion of the issues with Bobby Bright,” Roby said, following her victory.

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“The voters have a real choice in November. If they are happy with the direction of the country, the reckless spending, government intrusion in our lives and job-killing legislation then they can vote for my opponent. If the voters want a better way forward and real conservative solutions I urge them to vote for me.”

Roby, a Montgomery City councilwoman, led the votes Tuesday, something she also did June 1. Still she fell short of the majority required to be the nominee and thus was sent to the runoff.

Rick Barber, her runoff opponent, put up a fight in the six-weeks, but did not overcome Roby’s lead.

The vote totals for Roby were 37,122, compared to Barber’s 24, 505 district wide.

Pike County voters followed trends with 1,769 votes for Roby and 1,107 for Barber.

Though Barber did not come out on the victorious end of his first political race, he felt he made a good showing.

“We knew it was going to be a close race, and while we thought it would be closer than it was, we gave it as good a showing as anyone could,” Barber said.

“We will walk away with our heads held high.”

Barber, a member of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement, said he will join support of Roby in hopes of defeating Bright in November.

“More than anything we have to make sure Martha Roby wins,” Barber said.

Barber said he is unsure if he will run for office again.

“Right now there’s nothing in my crosshairs. I will spend some time with family lost to the campaign and get back to work,” he said.

Roby and Barber faced Stephanie Bell and John “Beau” McKinney in the June 1 primary.