Ivey, Maddox on fall ballot; Roby, Bright in July runoff

Published 12:59 am Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Just when Alabama voters thought they’d get a reprieve from political commercials and robocalls, it’s not quite over.

In the governor’s race, incumbent Republican Kay Ivey secured her party’s nomination by besting four challengers. She will face Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who stared down five challengers, in November.

But several of Alabama’s races – including the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative in the Second District, which includes Covington County – are headed for runoffs.

Former Rep. Bobby Bright forced incumbent Rep. Martha Roby into a runoff. With 84 percent of the votes tallied last night, Roby had 38 percent to Bright’s 28.8 percent. Alabama Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise was a distant third with 19.15 percent.

Roby angered many of the GOP faithful in 2016 when she called for then-candidate Donald Trump to step aside in the presidential race. Her opponents made it an issue in this year’s primary, despite her insistence that she has worked well with the Trump administration.

Bright, who previously served in the Congress as a Democrat, said he has always been a conservative, and touted his support of Trump.

Roby was on the offensive last night in Montgomery, “I’m running on my record: I’m a proven conservative Republican in this race,” she told The Advertiser. “Bobby Bright supported Nancy Pelosi to be speaker.”

Bright congratulated the frontrunner before asking for support.

“Congratulations to Rep. Roby for a hard-fought race,” Bright said in a statement. “We look forward to the runoff on Tuesday, July 17th. Additionally, I want to commend Tommy, Barry, and Rich for their hard work and I humbly ask for their support in the weeks ahead. Thank you to the people of District 2 for their vote of confidence in our campaign. Every vote matters and I look forward to earning your trust and support.”

The winner will face Democratic nominee Tabitha Isner in the fall.

Covington County voters gave Roby 39 percent, while Bright got 26.5 percent of the local votes. Moore was third with 16.46 percent; Rich Hobson received 12.42 percent, and Tommy Amason got 4.89 percent.

There also are runoffs in other key Alabama races.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, GOP frontrunner Twinkle Cavanaugh will face Will Ainsworth in a runoff. Cavanaugh chairs the Public Service Commission; Ainsworth is a member of the legislature. The winner of that match-up will become lieutenant governor, as the Democratics did not field a candidate for that office.

Incumbent Steve Marshall and former AG Troy King are in a runoff for the GOP attorney general’s nomination with 28 percent each. The winner will face Democrat Joseph Siegelman, son of former Gov. Don Siegelman, in November.