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Primary Election: Paul DeMarco advances to runoff in GOP race for District 6

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State legislator Paul DeMarco will be in a runoff in the seven-person race for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district. (abc3340.com) State legislator Paul DeMarco will be in a runoff in the seven-person race for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district. (abc3340.com)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislator Paul DeMarco will be in a runoff in the seven-person race for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.

DeMarco is a state representative from Homewood and the chair of the influential Judiciary Committee. He had nearly twice as many votes as the next-closest candidate in early returns on Tuesday.

But DeMarco had well below 50 percent of the vote and other candidates were vying for second place, which would be good enough to make a runoff on July 15.

Other contenders for the runoff included state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale; surgeon Chad Mathis; business executive Will Brooke; and Alabama Policy Institute founder Gary Palmer.

Mattress company owner Tom Vigneulle and retired attorney Rob Shattuck trailed badly.

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