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LIVE UPDATES: 2018 party primaries




10: 47 p.m.–The last two major GOP races, the attorney general’s race and lieutenant governor’s race, ended in runoffs late on Tuesday.

The Democratic nominations went Siegelman for AG and Boyd for Lt. Gov., who ran uncontested.

9:56 p.m.–APR has called the race for the GOP nomination of governor to Kay Ivey.

9:42 p.m.–Martha Roby and Bobby Bright will enter a runoff.

9:27 p.m.–More than two hours after the polls closed in Alabama. Here’s how everyone is stacking up.

  • Ivey and Maddox lead their respective races.
  • Roby in District 2 has not cracked 40 percent with more than half the vote in.
  • Cavanaugh leads the Lt. Gov. race with less than 50 percent.
  • Steve Marshall is holding at 30 percent.

9:03 p.m.–With one-third of the vote in, Ivey is leading and Maddox is just under 50 percent.

Cavanaugh is leading with less than 50 percent of the vote. Marshall is leading with only 30 percent in the AG’s race.


Again, major cities have yet to fully report.

8:58 p.m.–The Second Congressional Race is still in its infant stage, but Roby is under 40 percent. Bright is holding around the mid to upper 20s.

8:48 p.m.–The governor’s race for both parties have passed the 25 percent reporting threshold. Current voting has Republicans receiving more than twice the votes.


8:37 p.m.–Very early results show that Tommy Battle only has a majority in Northern Alabama. Battle, who is mayor of Huntsville, needed to break out of that area to realistically compete in the race.

The lieutenant governor’s race currently has no candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. Currently there are only 18 percent of precincts reporting, and Montgomery County has yet to report.

8:34 p.m.–Montgomery and Baldwin Counties begin to report. Jefferson, Madison, and Limestone Counties are still not even half way done reporting.

8:28 p.m.–The race for governor crosses the 10 percent of precincts reporting threshold for both parties. Maddox and Ivey, both the favored candidates, lead.

Major cities, like Birmingham and Montgomery, still left to report.

8:25 p.m.–With 12 percent of the vote in, Martha Roby is under 40 percent, and Bright holds at just about 27 percent.

8:19 p.m.–Jefferson County, another Democratic stronghold, begins to report. Maddox leads.

8:10 p.m.–With 6 percent reporting, the 2nd Congressional Race has Roby under 50 percent and Bobby Bright steadily gaining.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, Sen. Rusty Glover is starting to take votes in his home district in Mobile County.

8:02 p.m.–Northern Alabama begins to report. Tommy Battle, who is the mayor of Huntsville, is performing well. less than 2 percent of precincts are reporting according to NYT.

7:49 p.m.–Mobile County, a stronghold in the Democratic Party, begins to report. Very early results show that Maddox is leading the governor’s race.

7:39 p.m.–Less than one percent of precincts are currently reporting in major races.

7:22 p.m.–The first of the votes come in. Only 1 county with less than 300 ballots.

The results are from Coffee County, which swung heavily towards state Rep. Barry Moore in the 2nd Congressional District Race.

7:00 p.m.–Polls close in Alabama. The first of the results are expected to come in soon.

5:00 p.m.–Alabama goes to the polls today to choose who will represent the major parties in the 2018 general election.

On the ballot are all of the state wide offices, including governor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor. Congressional districts, state house races, and state Board of Education races are also on the ballot.

Polls are now 2 hours away from closing, and APR will report the results live as they come in later tonight from the Secretary of State’s Office. Secretary of State John Merrill is predicting a 25-30 percent turnout. Here are the focal points to look at for today’s races.



Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels endorses Mike Bloomberg for president





Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg today, 4 days ahead of Alabama’s primary election on Super Tuesday. Daniels joins State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton and Black Caucus Chair Representative A.J. McCampbell in support of Mike. In his endorsement, Rep. Daniels cited Mike’s work taking on tough fights on health care, public education, and supporting small businesses.

“We need a president who has a proven record of bringing people together to tackle the tough challenges we face in this country, and I can’t think of anyone better to do that than Mike Bloomberg,” said Rep. Daniels. “Not only is Mike the best positioned to take on Trump, but he has also proven he can deliver on his promises to make this country better for all. Alabamians should know that when I head to the polls this Tuesday, I’ll be proudly casting my vote for Mike Bloomberg.”

Rep. Anthony Daniels represents the 53rd District in the Alabama State House of Representatives, where, since 2017, he has served as minority leader. Rep. Daniels received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Alabama A&M University. A former public school teacher and small business owner, Daniels is known for championing innovative education programs, like the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, that prepare young people for promising careers, cultivate homegrown talent, and drive economic growth. Under his leadership, the House Democratic Caucus has made significant strides in addressing key issues like support for cradle-to-Pre-K programs, proven workforce development, and job readiness initiatives, and bringing broadband access to rural areas. They have also succeeded in preventing the passage of partisan legislation that hurts working families.

“Alabamians know how important this election is for the future of our country, and that’s why they’re supporting Mike Bloomberg, a doer and not a talker with a record of not shying away from tough fights,” said Bradley Davidson, Mike Bloomberg 2020 Alabama State Advisor. “We’re honored to have the support of Rep. Daniels, a respected leader in Alabama and beyond, and we look forward to working together with him to get Mike elected.”

Mike Bloomberg will return to Alabama on Sunday, March 1 to participate in the 55th annual Selma bridge crossing to commemorate Bloody Sunday. Additionally, Bloomberg visited Montgomery earlier this month for an organizing event and to speak at the 60th annual Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) Convention, the Alabama Democratic Party’s largest Black caucus. He later received the endorsement of the group.

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Doug Jones praises end of state Democratic Party lawsuit

Eddie Burkhalter



U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Thursday applauded the end of a lawsuit over control of the state Democratic party. 

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley, which means that state Rep. Chris England, who was picked to lead the state Democratic party by a reform group championed by Jones, is the party’s chair. 

“This is a great day for Alabama and her Democratic Party. Throughout much of last year, countless Democrats in our state worked to create a more open and diverse state party, while recognizing and being true to the crucial and historic role held by African-American voters,” Jones said in a statement Thursday.

“The by-laws of the Alabama Democratic Party now reflect the growing diversity in our state — including representation for Hispanic voters, Native American voters, Asian voters, voters with disabilities and voters from the LGBTQ community. And most importantly, the Alabama Democratic Party has dramatically increased leadership opportunities for young voters. Around 70 new caucus members were added to the state party Executive Committee last year—many of them young people from diverse backgrounds throughout the state. I’m proud to continue to work alongside a more unified, diverse and inclusive state party. 

“With the dismissal of this lawsuit, it is time that all who have been involved in this challenge, resolution, and expansion of the Democratic Party come together for a common good. Our state benefits from the ideas and engagement of a competitive two-party system. We have now demonstrated that we have the ability to be inclusive within our own party while working to expand the number and experiences of people who play a role in moving it forward.  

“Chairman Chris England and First Vice Chair Patricia Todd have my complete support and I call on Democrats throughout the state to unite behind them as we move forward in modernizing, re-invigorating, and expanding the Alabama Democratic Party.,” Jones said.



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11th-hour smear campaign against Byrne linked to opponent Tuberville, sources say

Bill Britt



A story published February 24, on Gateway Pundit alleges, “Bradley Byrne kicked his brother’s widow off her land,” but the land was never owned by Byrne’s sister-in-law.

Whether the reporter at Gateway Pundit didn’t read all the court records or there were other motives, the erroneous accusations on the popular right-wing blog are now being used to smear Byrne in the final hours of a heated U.S. Senate race.

See complete records. 

Political consultants not tied to Byrne’s campaign say that operatives working for his rival, Tommy Tuberville, are promoting the story to damage Byrne. Random text messages are being sent to distribute the story as well as numerous calls to Alabama media outlets to report on the false claims. State political reporters have rejected the story due to its inaccuracies.

Several calls and voice messages to Tuberville’s campaign have gone unanswered.

The land in question was part of the estate of Byrne family matriarch, Elizabeth Patricia Langsdale Byrne.

In her original will signed July 23, 1996, Mrs. Byrne left her property in Baldwin County to her three children, Dale, Bradley and Patricia.


However, on Feb. 25, 1999, she amended her will, removing her eldest son leaving the property to only Bradley and Patricia.

On Dec. 6, 2000, Mrs. Byrne again amended her will, leaving one-third to Bradley, one-third to Patricia and one-third as a “life estate” to Dale. According to the will, the life estate left to Dale would go back to Bradley and Patrica upon Dale’s death because a life estate means ownership of land is only for the duration of a person’s life.

Mrs. Byrne died in 2008; she was followed in death by her son Dale in 2014,  at which time the life estate bequeathed to him expired.


Bradley, who his mother selected as executor of her estate, then filed the necessary paperwork with the Baldwin County probate office to address Dale’s death as stipulated in Mrs. Byrne’s will.

The Gateway Pundit story leaves out crucial details and in its interview with Dale’s fourth wife, Gloria, repeats claims she made that are not grounded in facts.

There is also a false claim that Byrne refused to leave the campaign trial when his brother died, but he did in fact cancel a scheduled event in the family’s time of morning.

The same reporter at Gateway Pundit wrote several stories praising Tuberville and trashing his other primary opponent, Jeff Sessions, calling him a skunk and a snake.

Court records clearly show Byrne acted in accordance with his mother’s wishes as they were detailed in her last will and testament.


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McCutcheon endorses Chris Lewis for Congress

Brandon Moseley



Late Thursday night the Chris Lewis for U.S. Congress campaign announced that they were pleased that the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) has endorsed Lewis in the Fifth Congressional District.

Lewis is challenging conservative incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

Speaker McCutcheon represents House District 25 in Limestone and Madison counties.

“Many people and organizations across North Alabama have discussed with me that it is time to make a change in our Congressional seat,” McCutcheon said in a video that was released on the internet. “Chris has proven his commitment to our Nation through his military service.” “I believe Chris has the heart of a servant leader and would be a fine Congressman for North Alabama.”

Lewis’s campaign says that the endorsement highlights his understanding and commitment to our nation’s defense and advancements in space exploration technology. It follows previous endorsements of Lewis by the: Alabama Farmers Federation Farm PAC (ALFA), Bgen “Smokin” Joseph Stringham USA (ret), Combat Veterans for Congress, Dynetics, Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama, and the Home Builders Association of Alabama.

Lewis is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval War College. He retired as a Commander from the United States Navy after 23 years of service. His experience includes multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, service as a strategic analyst for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a decade of defense acquisition experience, and serving as Contract Transition Team Lead for Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base.

Brooks’ outspoken conservative views and his role as a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has earned him criticism from some Republicans. Brooks has represented the Fifth Congressional District for five terms. He ran for U.S. Senate in the U.S. Senate special election in 2017; but finished third behind former Chief Justice Roy Moore and appointed Senator Luther Strange in the special Republican primary. Brooks was a staunch supporter of Sen. Ted Criz (R-Texas) in the 2016 presidential primary; but has been a strong supporter of Pres. Trump’s agenda in the House and a fierce opponent of efforts by House Democrats to impeach the President.


President Donald J. Trump has endorsed Brooks.

The President said on Twitter: ”@MoInTheHouse Brooks is running for Congress in the Great State of Alabama. He is a huge supporter of the #MAGA Agenda. Mo fully supports Securing our Border w/the WALL, he Loves our Military & Vets, & is Strong on the #2A. Mo has my Complete Endorsement!”

The Fifth Congressional District had been in Democratic hands until Brooks challenged incumbent Congressman Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville) and Griffith responded by switching to the Republican Party. He was defeated by Brooks in the Republican primary in 2010.


The Republican primary is on March 3. This is likely a winner take all primary as no Democrat qualified to run in the Fifth Congressional District.

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