Out of more than 3.4 million registered voters, roughly 1.8 million ballots were cast according to the Secretary of State website. Alabama state government will remain in red hands for the next four years – Red as in Republicans – as the GOP swept all of the statewide races in Tuesday’s midterm election.
Unofficial returns from yesterday’s vote show that Republican incumbent Governor Kay Ivey won her first full term in the state’s highest office by defeating Democrat challenger Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa. Ivey, who was twice elected lieutenant governor, received 61% of the vote statewide.
In the race to replace Ivey as lieutenant governor, Will Ainsworth garnered 62% of the vote to defeat Democrat Will Boyd.
Incumbent Attorney General Steve Marshall, who was appointed to that job when Luther Strange briefly served in the U.S. Senate, won his first full term by gathering 60% of the vote over Democrat Joseph Siegelman, son of former Governor Don Siegelman.
John Merrill, Alabama’s secretary of state and a native of Heflin, won a second term of office by receiving 61% of the vote over Democrat challenger Heather Milam.
And state Auditor Jim Zeigler also won re-election with 62% of the vote over Democrat Miranda Joseph. Republicans retain control of the Alabama Supreme Court with Chief Justice candidate Tom Parker defeating Democrat challenger Bob Vance Junior by winning 58% of the vote.
In the only other contested race for the state’s highest court, Republican Jay Mitchell received 61% of the vote to defeat Democrat Donna Smalley.