Politics & Government
Wed June 4, 2014
Election Results for the 2014 Primary
Here's a rundown of some of the results from yesterday's primary election:
Alabama's gubernatorial race will feature two 71-year-old physicians, but that's where the similarities end.
Gov. Robert Bentley easily defeated two challengers in the Republican primary on Tuesday. In November he will face Parker Griffith, who won the Democratic primary.
Both men are doctors, and their fall race could center in part on medicine.
While Bentley opposes President Barack Obama's federal health care law and expanding Medicaid, Griffith says Medicaid should be widened to cover more people in the state.
Griffith also is supporting creation of a state lottery, which Bentley says is decision that should be left up to legislators.
The two also differ in fundraising, with the incumbent holding a huge advantage. Bentley has raised about $4 million, while Griffith has taken in $20,000 in contributions.
A July 15 runoff is set between Republicans Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer in Alabama's 6th congressional district.
The two lead a field of seven candidates Tuesday in the race to replace GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus, who announced his retirement last year.
The winner will face Democrat Avery Vise in November in the heavily Republican district, which covers much of central Alabama.
DeMarco is a state representative from Homewood and Palmer is the founder of the Alabama Policy Institute. DeMarco held a double-digit lead in the race, but it wasn't enough to avoid the runoff.
Republican voters will head back to the polls on July 15 for runoffs in three statewide races-- secretary of state, state auditor and Public Service Commission.
State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa and former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney will face off in a runoff for the Republican nomination for secretary of state. The winner will face Democrat Lula Albert-Kaigler in the general election Nov. 4.
Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn will be in a runoff with former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Barbee. There is no Democrat running in November.
Mobile attorney Jim Zeigler and retired Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson will compete in the GOP runoff for the Republican nomination for state auditor. The winner will face Democrat Miranda Joseph in November.
Incumbent Public Service Commission member Jeremy Oden has won the Republican nomination for a full term on the board that regulates state utilities.
Oden defeated challenger Kathy Peterson in the GOP primary for Place 1 on the commission.
With 98 percent on the precincts reporting, Oden had 52 percent of the vote to Peterson's 48 percent, according to unofficial returns.
There is not a Democrat running in November.
Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Oden to the PSC in 2012 after Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh was elected as the panel's president.
Rep. Terri Sewell has won the Democratic nomination for a third term in Alabama's 7th congressional district.
Sewell defeated Birmingham attorney Tamara Harris Johnson in the primary election Tuesday.
Sewell doesn't have any Republican opposition in November, so winning the primary is tantamount to re-election.
Sewell is the lone black and the only Democratic member of Alabama's congressional delegation. The 7th District includes the inner-city neighborhoods of Birmingham and Montgomery and much of the rural Black Belt of west Alabama.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has won the Republican nomination for re-election in north Alabama's 5th District.
The Huntsville Republican defeated Vietnam veteran Jerry Hill of Athens in primary voting Tuesday.
Brooks doesn't have any Democratic opposition in the general election in November, so winning the primary is tantamount to re-election.
Brooks was first elected to the House in 2010 and is seeking his third term.
Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers has won the Republican primary in the U.S. House District 3 race.
The Anniston congressman easily defeated challenger Thomas Casson of Auburn on Tuesday.
Rogers will face Democrat Jesse Smith in November. Smith didn't have a primary opponent.
Rogers is seeking his seventh term in Congress.
The Republican leaders of the Alabama Legislature beat back challengers Tuesday to win their primaries.
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of Auburn fought off a primary challenge by Auburn businessman Sandy Toomer.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Hubbard had 60 percent of the vote to Toomer's 40 percent, according to unofficial returns.
Hubbard faces Democrat Shirley Scott Harris in November.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston defeated a tea party challenger to win the Republican nomination for Senate District 12.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Marsh had 60 percent of the vote to Steve Guede's 40 percent, according to unofficial returns.
Marsh faces Democrat Taylor Stewart in November.
Two Republican incumbents on the Alabama school board have won their primary races.
District 2 incumbent Betty Peters defeated former Eufaula school superintendent Barry R. Sadler.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Peters had 59 percent of the vote to Sadler's 41 percent, according to unofficial returns.
District 8 incumbent Mary Scott Hunter, a lawyer, defeated retired teacher and fighter pilot Mike Parsons. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Hunter had 57 percent of the vote to Parsons' 43 percent, according to unofficial returns.
In the open District 6 seat, professor Cynthia McCarty won the GOP primary over retired teacher Patricia McGriff.
With all precincts reporting, McCarty had 53 percent of the vote to McGriff's 47 percent, according to unofficial returns.
There are no Democratic candidates in the races.
Meanwhile, State Board of Education member Tracy Roberts of Spanish Fort is resigning her position.
Roberts issued a statement Tuesday saying she's leaving the board for personal reasons and that she needs to focus on her family for the foreseeable future.
She says taxpayers deserve someone who can focus 100 percent of their time on improving education. She had no further comment beyond her statement.
Roberts, a Republican, was elected to a four-year term in 2012. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley will appoint a replacement to finish her term.
Her district covers all or parts of seven counties in southwest Alabama.