Robert J. Bentley

Despite Republican scandals Alabama solidly red, for now

The resignation of the governor, the ouster of the House speaker and the suspension of the chief justice have left Alabama Republicans to restore order after nine months of chaos. But one thing is for certain: The GOP is in no danger of losing its grip on state politics.

No Democrat has held a statewide office since 2012, and Republicans have firm majorities in both legislative houses. And the state Democratic Party's structure is a skeleton operation compared with the GOP in Alabama.

"It's one of the most politically conservative places and one of the most politically corrupt," said Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus at Auburn University.

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