Alabama State Representative Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, has won the Republican nomination for state auditor, claiming victory over fellow Republican candidate Stan Cooke in Tuesday’s primary runoff.
The lack of a Democratic candidate means Sorrell will only run against Libertarian candidate Leigh Lachine in the November general election.
As of Tuesday evening, Sorrell won 57 percent of the vote, beating Cooke, who garnered 43 percent.
Sorrell was a favorite to win the state auditor’s position Tuesday night after a strong showing during the Republican primary in May, where Sorrell gained approximately 39 percent of the total vote, ahead of Cooke at 33 percent.
Originally elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2018 after longtime District 3 incumbent Marcel Black’s retirement, Sorrell was a Shoals businessman before his entrance into state politics. Sorrell, like Cooke, campaigned for an increased role for the state auditor in Alabama elections, emphasizing the selection of registrars.
Sorrell is a member of the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee who has maintained that his tenure in the Alabama house has “prepared me for this position.”