Top Seven Issues in the Alabama Midterm Elections

By Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott
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Jackson Elliott reports on small-town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and seek truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that as Dostoevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and for everything. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing jackson.elliott@epochtimes.us
March 8, 2022 Updated: March 9, 2022

As the 2022 election approaches, Alabama candidates have campaign platforms that lean conservative.

This year, Alabama tied with Wyoming as the second-most conservative state in the nation.

Even Democratic campaigns there have kept issues like gun control, illegal immigration, and abortion off their campaign platforms.

In the same vein, many Alabama Republican campaigns are loudly pro-Trump.

Republican and Democratic campaigns across Alabama have focused on the following issues.

The Alabama primary elections will be held on May 24.

Donald Trump

Opinion on former president Donald Trump is an important issue for Alabama Republicans.

In the state’s Senate race, candidate Mo Brooks has an endorsement from Trump, while candidates Katie Boyd Britt and Mike Durant don’t. The highest item on Durant’s online campaign platform is his support for Trump.

Among House Republicans in Alabama, six of the eight major Republican candidates running for the state’s seven House seats mention their support for Trump on their campaign websites.

No major Alabama Democratic candidate openly supports Trump, but several Democratic candidates lean more conservative than the national average.

For instance, Democratic candidate Charlie Thompson said he supports the Second Amendment and a balanced budget. Even his arguments for stopping climate change stem from a belief that “God gave us this world and dominion over it.”

Illegal Immigration

For Alabama Republicans, supporting Trump often comes along with supporting Trump projects. Therefore, stopping illegal immigration is a high priority.

Three states stand between Alabama and the Mexican border, but most Republican candidates mention opposing illegal immigration in their platforms.

With rising numbers under President Joe Biden’s administration, illegal immigration isn’t just a border issue. The 2 million people who crossed the border unlawfully in 2021 are bound for destinations across America.

To fix illegal immigration, Alabama Republicans have suggested strong standards, no amnesty for illegals, finishing Trump’s border wall, a nationwide E-Verify program, and other solutions.

The websites of Alabama’s major Democratic candidates don’t mention illegal immigration.

Combatting China

As China has grown more powerful, America’s foreign policy has begun to look with concern across the Pacific.

In this election, several Alabama Republican candidates have focused on strengthening America’s position against the threat of communist China.

Alabama has a strong economic connection to China. In 2021, China was Alabama’s fourth-biggest trading partner, with a total of $2.3 billion in imports from Alabama. Alabama also imported $3.2 billion worth of goods from China.

Republican campaigns have goals to decrease reliance on Chinese trade, encourage Alabamans to buy American goods, and strengthen the military to deter Chinese aggression.

The websites of Alabama Democratic candidates also don’t mention China.

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Falun Gong practitioners gather to protest against the Chinese Communist Party and its associate groups, in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 27, 2022. (Chung I Ho/The Epoch Times)

Small Government, Low Taxes

Republican campaigns across Alabama have focused on lowering taxes and decreasing the size of government.

Several Alabama Democrat campaigns have similar ideas. Some conservative Democratic candidates suggested balancing the federal budget and using tax incentives to attract businesses to Alabama.

Other Democrats have suggested spending more money on infrastructure to help businesses recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Voter Identification

After widely publicized claims by Donald Trump that the 2020 election was rigged, many Americans are more concerned about election security than ever.

Among Alabama Republicans, increasing election security has been a major campaign point. Many of the candidates for 2022 support increased election safeguards such as mandatory voter I.D. cards.

Several Democrats have suggested loosening voting restrictions, making absentee ballots accessible to every American, and opposing voter I.D.

Social Issues

With a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, many political leaders see the potential for big changes to abortion law.

In Biden’s State of the Union address, the president said that abortion is “under attack as never before.”

In Alabama, the vast majority of Republican campaigns oppose abortion.

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in the upcoming months, the position of congressional representatives on abortion may be very important.

Alabama Democratic platforms are largely silent on abortion, but a few candidates strongly support it.

Alabama Republican candidates also support the Second Amendment, along with some Democratic candidates.

Most platforms don’t mention gun rights, but the few Democratic platforms that do tend to support them.

Infrastructure

Many Alabama Democrats say they want to strengthen infrastructure with improvements like rural broadband internet, better transportation, and better water and energy use.

According to the American Society of Engineers’ 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, about 11 percent of Alabama’s roads and 4 percent of its bridges were in poor condition.

Alabama’s Republican governor, Kay Ivey, has prioritized infrastructure creation during her tenure as well, and the state will soon receive billions for infrastructure from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act.

Most Republicans running for office in Alabama don’t have infrastructure on their platforms.

Jackson Elliott
Jackson Elliott reports on small-town America for The Epoch Times. He learned to write and seek truth at Northwestern University. He believes that the most important actions are small and that as Dostoevsky says, everyone is responsible for everyone and for everything. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Contact Jackson by emailing jackson.elliott@epochtimes.us