Congressman Mike Rogers will be serving Alabama’s third congressional district for a ninth term after defeating former Miss America Mallory Hagan of Opelika, who openly blasted the state's Democratic Party after the loss and blamed it for a lack of support.
Rogers, who has served since 2002 and ran unopposed in the Republican Primary this year, thanked his supporters Tuesday night.
“I am honored to serve Alabama’s Third Congressional District and appreciate the support from across east Alabama,” he said. “I look forward to getting back to work on behalf of folks across the district.”
Rogers, of Anniston, took Lee County in the southern end of the district by more than 7,000 votes, according to the unofficial results with 27,175 (57.38 percent) votes. Hagan followed behind with 20,144 (42.53 percent) votes.
He campaigned with promises to work toward strengthening the nation's defense, maintaining a strong economy, and support of research universities such as Auburn and Tuskegee.
After hearing the results, Hagan expressed frustration toward Alabama’s Democratic Party. Hagan took a break in private before giving remarks to supporters in attendance.
Hagan, 29, ran as a Democrat in her first campaign for public office.
“I am mad as hell right now. There who are people in control of the Democratic Party who say they are fighting for you; who say they are standing up for you; who say they care about you and your communities and yet they s*** on Democratic candidates left and right. Excuse my language,” Hagan told the audience.
“They take from us, they demean us, they condescend to us as we run, they… they are not what I think what the state of Alabama stands for. And I have dealt with it through this campaign cycle with my chin high and a smile on my face because I wanted to fight for all of you and for our state,” Hagan continued.
Looking forward, Hagan said she will continue to fight for what she promised during this campaign cycle.
“I think the most important thing is that I have promised the people in Alabama, in the 3rd district and everybody who supported this campaign that I would fight for them. Right now the fight that I see that needs to take place is within the state of Alabama, in the Democratic Party,” Hagan told the Opelika-Auburn News.
“We need a change of leadership and we need young people who are the future who are fighting for what it is that all of us know that we deserve as constituents and so I will continue to do that.
"I don’t know exactly what’s next, but I know that I will stay here and I will continue to do everything that I said I’d do in congress, I’ll do it from right here at home,” she continued.
In her campaign, Hagan advocated improvements to programs including education, and she charged that Rogers had lost touch with voters.
She won the Democratic Primary Election with 65.6 percent of the votes, against Adia McClellan Winfrey.