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Maddox wins Democratic nomination for governor

Sam Mattison

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This is a developing story that is expected to be updated soon.

Walt Maddox clinched the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday after he gained the support of the party in his run for the position.

The final numbers put Maddox at 55 percent, which was just short of a runoff. The race was not called until well into the night.

Maddox beat out several opponents, but he most notably bested Sue Bell Cobb, who had winning state elections under her belt when she was Alabama’s chief justice.

Now that Maddox has won the nomination, he looks to November to face the Republican Kay Ivey who won tonight’s election. Emboldened by the win of Sen. Doug Jones in December, Maddox hopes that a blue wave will fall over Alabama once again.

The road to victory will need to be hard fought however.

Republicans have controlled the state since 2010, and the last Democratic governor was entangled in a scandal that saw him sentenced to federal prison for 7 years.

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But Maddox and others look to Jones’ December victory as both a blueprint and inspiration for the race.

Maddox and Ivey will now face each other in November.

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