Political analysts say voter turnout among blacks help solidify Senator-elect Doug Jones' win.
Doug Jones was also able to turn a heavily-populated county like Madison from red to blue.
Madison was the only county in north Alabama to have a Democratic majority, with the bulk of those voters coming from Huntsville. The turnout was so high in Huntsville it was enough to turn the entire county blue.
With the Rocket City becoming the fastest growing city in the state can we expect Madison County to stay blue? That’s the question WAAY 31 asked former U.S. Rep. Dr. Parker Griffith of Alabama’s 5th Congressional District.
“It will be very hard for it to stay blue, because the City of Madison and the county are going to be very hardcore Republican, but the City of Huntsville is becoming an urban community, and the urban community is a much more diverse community and will vote in a more diverse kind of way,” Griffith said.
The last time a Democrat took Madison County in a statewide election was 15 years ago, in the 2002 Governor’s race, despite Huntsville being the state leader in population growth and economic development.
Griffith believes if we want to continue seeing growth and attracting businesses and people, the special election was a great showing.
“Hate and fear is not what we want to sell here. We want to sell a great business climate, a great education climate and a great place to live,” Griffith said.
Griffith believes the 2018 governor’s race will be a big test to see if Madison stays blue or turns back into a red county.