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Primary election: DeMarco, Palmer in runoff for GOP nod in Alabama's 6th District

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State legislator Paul DeMarco, left, and policy analyst Gary Palmer will be in a runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district. State legislator Paul DeMarco, left, and policy analyst Gary Palmer will be in a runoff for the Republican nomination in Alabama's 6th congressional district.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State legislator Paul DeMarco and policy analyst Gary Palmer will be in a runoff 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. In a seven-person race he held a double-digit lead over Palmer, the founder of the Alabama Policy Institute.
    
The two will be in a runoff July 15 for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus, the longest-serving member of Alabama's congressional delegation.
    
Other contenders included state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale; surgeon Chad Mathis; and business executive Will Brooke. Mattress company owner Tom Vigneulle and retired attorney Rob Shattuck trailed badly.
    
All seven candidates portrayed themselves as conservatives who would oppose the policies of President Barack Obama.

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