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Governor Kay Ivey set to take on Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in 2018 gubernatorial election

After the state primaries on Tuesday, Alabamians now have their two choices set for this November's gubernatorial election. 

Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey will represent the Republican party against Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, who currently serves as the mayor of Tuscaloosa. 

Ivey beat out three challengers for the position in Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, State Sen. Bill Hightower, and evangelist Scott Dawson. The governor claimed 55.9 percent of the vote as the race was called, with her closest challenger Battle claiming 26 percent as 91 percent of districts reported. 

Ivey said as voters cast their ballots, and felt good about her chances to continue serving in Alabama's top office. 

"I'm encouraged by what I'm hearing," Ivey said. "And I just encourage everyone to break the records and come out and exercise your right."

Maddox defeated a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic primary where he was up against former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Former House Rep. James Fields, Chris Countryman, Doug Smith, and Anthony White. Maddox defeated his closest competition, Cobb, with 55.4 percent of the vote to her 28.7 percent as 92 percent of districts reported. 

Both candidates have about five months to campaign before the Governor election on Nov. 6, where Maddox will hope to become the first Democratic governor in almost 20 years. 


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