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No runoffs needed for Alabama governor, other winners declared in primaries

The field is set for the governor's race in November.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 9:47 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections (all times local):

10:25 p.m.

Former Miss America Mallory Hagan of Opelika has won the Democratic nomination in Alabama's 3rd District congressional race.

She defeated Adia Winfrey of Talladega and will face U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in the fall.

Hagan was crowned Miss America in 2013 and until recently worked as a news anchor at WLTZ-TV in Columbus, Georgia. She says many people feel unheard after nearly four terms of Rogers holding the seat.

Winfrey is a psychologist who said she was inspired to run by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She was a volunteer in Sen. Doug Jones' successful Democratic campaign last year.

Rogers is unopposed for the GOP nomination. He's from Anniston.

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10:20 p.m.

First-term incumbent John Merrill has won the GOP nomination for Secretary of State.

Merrill beat Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Michael Johnson. Merrill ran on his experience, while Johnson said he wanted to use his technical and administrative experience in the job.

On the Democratic side Heather Milam, an entrepreneur and volunteer from Birmingham, has won the nomination. She defeated retired military reservist Lula Albert of Montgomery.

The secretary of state is Alabama's top elections and record-keeping official.

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10:10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville has won the GOP's nomination in the District 5 primary.

Brooks defeated Army veteran Clayton Hinchman.

Brooks is seeking his fifth term in Congress where he's become known as a Tea Party favorite whose public comments sometimes cause a stir. Brooks recently gained attention for wondering aloud if falling rocks and erosion, not melting ice, are causing sea levels to rise.

Hinchman left the Army after a wartime injury and founded USi, a Huntsville technology company where he still works.

Former Huntsville city attorney Peter Joffrion is unopposed for the Democratic nomination and will face the GOP nominee in November.

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9:55 p.m.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has won the Democratic primary in Alabama's race for governor.

Maddox defeated former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and other candidates in the Tuesday race.

Maddox has been the mayor of Tuscaloosa since 2005. His platform includes establishing a state lottery to fund a mixture of college scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs and financial assistance for the state's poorest and struggling schools.

In the seeking the Democratic nomination, Maddox obtained valuable endorsements from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Alabama Democratic Conference, which is the state's largest African-American political organization.

Alabama hasn't elected a Democrat to the governor's office since 1998. Energized by the December victory of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the party is seeking a resurgence in state politics.

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9:50 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has clinched the Republican nomination for governor without a runoff.

Ivey was declared the winner Tuesday night after beating back a field of GOP challengers. She is seeking to win the office in her own right after becoming governor 14 months ago when her scandal-battered predecessor, Robert Bentley, resigned.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and state Sen. Bill Hightower did not collectively pull enough votes to force Ivey into a runoff. She will face the Democratic nominee in November.

In her campaign, Ivey emphasized the state's robust economy, falling unemployment rate and the quieting of the scandal that had engulfed the state's previous governor.

Her challengers had condemned her refusal to debate and indirectly questioned whether the 73-year-old governor could complete a four-year term.

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9 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt has won his party's primary as he seeks his 12th term in north Alabama's 4th District.

Last elected to the House without Republican opposition, the Appropriations Committee member from Haleyville was opposed in the primary by Anthony Blackmon, a military veteran who drives trucks and serves as a volunteer firefighter.

Blackmon painted career politicians as part of the problem in Washington, but Aderholt was hoping voters would return him to office because of his experience.

Aderholt will face the winner of the Democratic primary during the general election in November.

Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination in District 4. Camp manager Lee Auman of Union Grove is running against Rick Neighbors of Hackleburg, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2012.

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7:05 p.m.

Polls have closed in the Alabama primary elections.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the party primaries. Voters are choosing party nominees in races for governor, Congress and other state and local offices.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey faces Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson, and state Sen. Bill Hightower in the Republican primary. Ivey became governor last year when her scandal-battered predecessor resigned.

In the Democratic primary for governor, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, and former state legislator James Fields top a lengthy field.

A primary runoff will be required in July unless a candidate captures more than 50 percent of the vote.

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10 a.m.

An Alabama election official is projecting that turnout for Tuesday's primary voting in the state will likely be about one-quarter or more of the state's registered voters.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill predicts that between 25 and 30 percent of the state's 3 million registered voters will vote on Tuesday.

Alabama's primary ballot features multiple offices and something voters in the Republican-controlled state haven't seen in years: Democratic races for statewide and congressional positions.

In the gubernatorial primaries, Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking to win the office outright after becoming governor last year, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley resigned. Ivey faces GOP primary challengers hoping to force her into a July runoff.

In the Democratic primary, a field of hopefuls seeks to build on the December victory of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

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12:15 a.m.

Alabama's primary ballot features multiple offices and something voters in the Republican-controlled state haven't seen in years: Democratic races for statewide and congressional positions.

Alabama Democrats have 27 total candidates running for state positions or Congress, more than double the number from 2014. That means there are several Democratic primary races, compared to just one for a statewide office four years ago.

Many of the eventual Republican nominees will still run unopposed in November because no Democrats qualified.

But with Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump running high and after Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama's U.S. Senate race, the party is trying to show signs of life.

The party primaries for governor lead the ballot Tuesday, but voters also will decide nominees for numerous constitutional and court offices.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 35419

Reported Deaths: 1230
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DeSoto190019
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Jones120349
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Lauderdale96381
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Tate35213
Adams35120
Pontotoc3466
Marion32712
Claiborne30111
Chickasaw29719
Winston29511
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Noxubee2788
Jasper2776
Marshall2773
Walthall2627
Clay25811
Union25211
Smith24612
Clarke22325
Coahoma2226
Lawrence2092
Yalobusha2079
Tallahatchie1954
Kemper18414
Carroll18111
Montgomery1713
Calhoun1645
Humphreys16310
Itawamba1468
Tippah14511
Hancock14413
Webster13411
Jefferson1263
Tunica1233
Jefferson Davis1204
Prentiss1204
George1163
Greene11310
Amite1103
Alcorn1002
Quitman991
Wilkinson989
Tishomingo971
Perry874
Choctaw754
Stone742
Franklin542
Sharkey480
Benton460
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6433170
Mobile4753139
Montgomery4430112
Tuscaloosa263253
Madison21199
Marshall192611
Shelby164225
Lee157237
Morgan12695
Baldwin120711
Walker106131
Elmore102920
Dallas9969
Etowah95114
DeKalb9417
Franklin93216
Autauga67614
Russell6750
Chambers67427
Unassigned65328
Butler65129
Tallapoosa62869
Limestone6223
Houston5857
Cullman5716
Lauderdale5686
St. Clair5133
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Calhoun4905
Lowndes48122
Escambia4808
Pike4725
Coffee4244
Jackson4182
Covington41412
Barbour3942
Dale3911
Talladega3897
Bullock37710
Marengo35211
Hale34823
Chilton3232
Clarke3126
Wilcox3038
Blount2961
Winston2965
Sumter29113
Marion27514
Pickens2696
Randolph2589
Monroe2553
Perry2362
Conecuh2308
Bibb2211
Macon2159
Choctaw21212
Greene1959
Henry1533
Washington1418
Crenshaw1273
Lawrence1250
Cherokee1237
Geneva960
Lamar871
Clay852
Fayette821
Coosa651
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