Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep. Paul DeMarco in the Republican runoff in Alabama’s 6th congressional district.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in unofficial returns, Palmer had 47,491 votes or 64 percent to DeMarco’s 27,295 votes or 36 percent. Palmer was comfortably ahead in all six counties in the central Alabama district, which includes Bibb, Shelby, Chilton and Coosa counties as well as portions of Blount and Jefferson counties.
Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.
With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.
The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.
Beeker was making his second run for the state's utility regulatory board. He drew support from some business and coal groups who were upset with Dunn calling for formal rate hearings for Alabama Power.
Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow cotton farmers to vote to make a fee mandatory that they have been paying voluntarily on each bale of cotton.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment was passing with 67 percent voting yes and 33 percent voting no.
The $1 a bale fee is now paid on all cotton when it is delivered to the gin, but those who don't want to pay it can get a refund. Less than 10 percent usually request a refund. The fee is used for cotton promotion and research.
State Republican Party officials say the chairman of the Cherokee County GOP has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.
State GOP chairman Bill Armistead tells the Gadsden Times that 52-year-old John Lloyd Ellis was arrested after police found marijuana on his property. Armistead says Ellis has resigned and the GOP has no further comment.
The newspaper reports Ellis was charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry got to vote in Shelby County while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.
Robert Kennedy showed up with his gun Tuesday at the Pelham First Baptist Church Annex. A sign on the annex said firearms were prohibited, but election officials allowed Kennedy to vote while wearing his gun. Kennedy and members of his group later stood outside the polling place until Pelham police asked them to leave at the request of a poll official.