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Ainsworth on making the runoff: “The fight for Alabama’s future is not over”

Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor state Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, commented on Tuesday’s primary returns and his place in the Republican runoff election for lieutenant governor on July 17.

“Over the last year, we’ve taken on the crooked career politicians in Montgomery and stood up for conservative values,” Ainsworth said. “Tuesday’s results show that we’re on the right track. Alabamians’ continued dedication to conservative values inspires me, and I am grateful for the support of conservatives in every city, town and crossroads across our state.

“We’ve taken on the career politicians and we’ve made great strides, but the fight for Alabama’s future is not over.”

With 99 percent of boxes reporting, here’s how everyone stacked up:

  • Ainsworth received 200,368 votes with 37 percent of the vote.
  • PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh had 234,530 vote with 43.3 percent of the vote.
  • State Senator Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, received 106,328 votes with 19.6 percent of the vote.

“For those who supported State Sen. Rusty Glover, we welcome you with open arms,” Ainsworth said. “Together we can take back our state and fight for conservative reforms.”

“As Lieutenant Governor, I’m going to keep fighting to provide the citizens of our state with honest, ethical, tell-it-like-it-is government,” Ainsworth promised. “I’m going to keep fighting to bring more jobs to Alabama. I’m going to keep fighting to keep our children safe and make sure they have the quality education they deserve. And I’ll never back down from the liberal elites who mock our Christian values.”

Cavanaugh said on social media, “What a night! Thank you to everyone who voted today and all of our tremendous supporters! We couldn’t have done it without you! Looking forward to traveling to all 67 counties again and working harder than ever in the runoff. Together, we will build a brighter Alabama!”

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Ainsworth won: Lauderdale, Jefferson, Madison, Dekalb, Limestone, Marshall, Jackson, Hale, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Sumter, Etowah, Cullman, Greene, Sumter, Lawrence, Morgan, Colbert, and Elmore Counties. Glover only carried his home county of Mobile. Cavanaugh took the other 45 counties.

Ainsworth is a cattle farmer and the owner of the Dream Ranch, one of the premier hunting ranches in the state of Alabama. Ainsworth is an alumnus of Auburn University.

The eventual winner of the Republican primary will face northwest Alabama pastor Will Boyd in the general election.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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