Wes Kitchens took home just enough votes Tuesday night to win the Republican primary for State Senate District 9 without requiring a runoff.
With no Democrats in the race, the primary victory means Kitchens has secured the seat. Former Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield vacated the seat in October to become the executive director of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.
Kitchens, who is representing Arab in the House, received over 52 percent of the vote, while his colleague Brock Colvin, R-Albertville, garnered 38 percent. Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George finished as a distant third with just 9 percent of the vote.
The district covers all of Marshall County as well as portions of Madison and Blount counties.
Colvin conceded the race Tuesday night, congratulating his fellow lawmaker.
“Wes and I will continue to work together to make Marshall County and North Alabama the best place it can possibly be,” Colvin said in the statement.