Atheist Leader Larry Darby Gets More than 160,000 Votes in Attorney General Race, Plans Future Congressional Race.
From Campaign 2006 -- Larry Darby is an atheist who questions just how many people were actually killed in the Holocaust, yet he won more votes than gubernatorial candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday's primaries.
Darby took his first swing at state politics running as a Democrat in the race for attorney general. While he didn't beat his Democratic opponent John Tyson, Jr., he still commanded enough votes to encourage him to prepare for a future political run.
Now Darby plans his next race. "I plan to run as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in two years. I plan to run against Terry Everett," he said. Everett is the long-time U.S. Representative of Alabama's second district.
The votes Darby received Tuesday come despite critical editorials in many of Alabama's newspapers just before the primary. The Montgomery Advertiser said Darby's vision of society is a scary one. The Decatur Daily called him a "right-wing fruitcake."
After the votes were counted, Darby carried 33 of Alabama's 67 counties over Tyson, who's the Mobile County District Attorney.
"I had a very strong message that reached out to conservative voters, blue collar voters -- a lot of support from law enforcement," Darby told CBS 8 News. "I think that shows the Alabama voter has matured and what religious ferver can do as far as dividing a nation. I represent neutrality in religion," he said.
Some question if the voters just marked Darby's name because his was the first name on the ballot in the attorney general's race, appearing above Tyson's name. Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley says that may have given Darby a slight edge. "I've always heard that if your name is first on the ballot, it gives you a four to five percentage point advantage," Worley told CBS 8 News.
Darby disputes that. "That's ridiculous. There were plenty of candidates at the bottom who won their races," he said.
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