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Alabama Republicans enjoy a big night with easy wins

Josh Moon

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It was a big night for Republicans across the state.

Not only did the GOP hold onto every statewide office, but its candidates did so in commanding fashion. The closest of the races was for Alabama Chief Justice, between Republican Tom Parker and Democrat Bob Vance, and it wasn’t that close. Parker won with 58 percent of the vote.

Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, Lt. Gov.-elect Will Ainsworth, State Auditor Jim Zeigler and Secretary of State John Merrill all hauled in better than 60 percent of the vote in their races.

Down the ballot, there was just as much Democratic carnage.

Despite a national uptick in momentum that led to the Democrats retaking the U.S. House of Representatives and turning several state houses to Democratic control, Democrats in Alabama failed to win a single Republican-held seat.

The only real chance for them came in Senate District 6, where state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow challenged Republican incumbent Sen. Larry Stutts. Morrow led for most of the evening, but Stutts pulled ahead late and won by fewer than 1,000 votes.

In Congressional races, it was somehow worse for Democrats.

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Martha Roby, Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers, Gary Palmer, Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne all won and claimed at least 62 percent of the vote. Aderholt got 80 percent.

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Republicans also held their seats on the Alabama Public Service Commission and Isaac Whorton won the 5th Judicial Circuit judgeship.

It was a clean sweep.

 

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