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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


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The Alabama Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Republican Luther Strange won with 58.8 percent of the vote over Democrat James Anderson, who garnered 41.1 percent. The candidates sought to replace outgoing attorney general Troy King, who won his seat in 2006 but fell to Strange in the 2010 Republican primary.

Race tracking

See also: State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Both Ballotpedia and Governing magazine predicted a Republican would become Alabama's new attorney general.

2010 Race Rankings for Alabama Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Republican
Governing[1] Likely Republican
Overall Call Leans Republican

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Birmingham attorney Luther Strange[2]
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Montgomery attorney James Anderson[3]

General election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 58.8%
     Democratic Party James Anderson 41.1%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,476,075

Endorsements

James Anderson

Luther Strange

Finances

According to the Alabama Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the general election was as follows:

James Anderson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
10-Day General[19] October 28, 2010 $61,539.68 $282,855.95 $0.00 $0.00 $335,090.69 $9,304.94
45-Day General[20] September 20, 2010 $20,826.61 $90,929.94 $0.00 $0.00 $50,216.87 $61,539.68
Luther Strange Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
10-Day General[21] October 28, 2010 $72,717.41 $661,791.00 $2,777.70 $815.67 $703,928.23 $31,395.84
45-Day General[22] September 20, 2010 $34,889.40 $812,748.29 $14,449.15 $0.00 $838,359.27 $72,717.41
10-Day Pre-General[23] May 27, 2010 $97,177.34 $366,590.00 $9,010.99 $25,000.00 $453,877.94 $34,889.40

June 1, 2010 primaries

See also: Alabama gubernatorial election, 2010; Alabama Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[27]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda James Anderson 49.6%[28]
     Democratic Party Giles Perkins 31.1%
     Democratic Party Michel Nicrosi 19.3%
Total Votes 275,825

Endorsements

James Anderson

  • The Daily News, a newspaper[29]
  • Opelika-Auburn News, a newspaper[30]

Michel Nicrosi

  • Alabama New South Coalition
  • The Decatur Daily, a newspaper

Finances

According to the Alabama Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the Democratic primary was as follows:

James Anderson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
10-Day Primary[31] May 27, 2010 $122,458.99 $57,182.15 $0.00 $20,000.00 $196,427.76 $3,213.38
45-Day Primary[32] April 19, 2010 $0.00 $146,706.86 $0.00 $3,274.87 $27,522.74 $122,458.99
Michel Nicrosi Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
Campaign Termination[33] January 31, 2010 $111,706.17 $58,297.78 $415.36 $241.06 $164,586.76 $5,658.25
10-Day Primary Runoff[34] May 27, 2010 $183,151.17 $32,100.00 $1,626.46 $0.00 $102,595.00 $111,706.17
45-Day Primary[35] April 19, 2010 $76,670.44 $49,608.00 $0.00 $150,000.00 $93,127.27 $183,151.17
2009 Annual[36] February 1, 2010 $0.00 $109,010.00 $6,309.83 $0.00 $32,339.56 $76,670.44
Giles Perkins Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
2010 Annual[37] February 9, 2011 $87,797.25[38] $221,809.40 $1,500.00 $45,500.00 $369,054.10 $-13,947.45
10-Day Pre-General[39] May 26, 2010 $56,704.65 $73,700.69 $0.00 $45,500.00 $167,307.32 $8,598.02
45-Day Primary[40] April 19, 2010 $87,797.25 $99,361.05 $1,500.00 $0.00 $130,453.65 $56,704.65
2009 Annual[41] February 1, 2010 $0.00 $145,504.54 $500.00 $1,000.00 $58,707.29 $87,797.25

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

  • Incumbent Troy King announced in March 2009 that he intended to seek re-election to his position in the 2010 elections.[42]
  • Birmingham attorney Luther Strange[43]

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[44]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 60.1%
     Republican Party Troy King 39.9%
Total Votes 473,727

Endorsements

Troy King

Luther Strange

  • Birmingham News, local newspaper[48]
  • C. Wilson Blaylock, Cullman County District Attorney
  • Chandler Harris, National Secretary for the College Republican National Committee
  • Governor Bob Riley[49]
  • Opelika-Auburn News, local newspaper[50]
  • Rob Broussard, Madison County District Attorney[51]
  • Shelby County Chiefs of Police Association
  • Wilson Blaylock, Cullman County District Attorney[51]

Finances

According to the Alabama Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances in the Republican primary was as follows:

Troy King Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
Campaign Termination[52] January 31, 2011 $11,548.02 $357,120.00 $0.00 $1,675.11 $370,343.13 $0.00
10-Day Pre-General[53] May 25, 2010 $290,117.75 $366,485.00 $3,160.00 $100,000.00 $745,054.73 $11,548.02
45-Day Primary[54] April 19, 2010 $694,210.05 $149,616.10 $0.00 $203.44 $553,911.84 $290,117.75
2009 Annual[55] February 1, 2010 $2,646.02 $715,025.17 $7,692.57 $375,602.45 $399,063.59 $694,210.05
2008 Annual[56] February 2, 2009 $50,774.90 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $49,128.88 $2,646.02
Luther Strange Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
45-Day Primary[57] April 19, 2010 $600,848.42 $354,011.00 $13,413.21 $1,243.44 $858,925.52 $97,177.34
2009 Annual[58] February 1, 2010 $0.00 $906,767.95 $27,087.15 $14,784.97 $320,704.50 $600,848.42

Polling

Date of Poll Pollster Troy King (R) Luther Strange (R) Undecided Number polled
February 3 - 4[59] Public Stategies Associates 27% 24% 49% 1,007
March 22 - 23 McLaughlin & Associates 35% 34% 31% 500
March 27 - 29[60] Public Policy Polling 37% 32% 31% 457
May 10 - 11[61] Public Stategies Associates 25% 50% 25% 1,005

July 13, 2010 primary runoff

Election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary Runoff[62]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda James Anderson 60.0%
     Democratic Party Giles Perkins 40.0%
Total Votes 117,129

Endorsements

James Anderson

Giles Perkins

Finances

According to the Alabama Department of State, as of May 4, 2011, the breakdown of campaign finances during the Democratic primary runoff was as follows:

James Anderson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
10-Day Primary Runoff[69] July 8, 2010 $3,213.38 $89,976.78 $0.00 $0.00 $72,363.55 $20,826.61
Giles Perkins Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [18] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
10-Day Primary Runoff[70] July 8, 2010 $8,598.02 $36,999.13 $0.00 $0.00 $29,533.14 $16,064.01

Controversies

Christianity comment

Speaking at a Cherokee County Democratic Club luncheon on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, Anderson "said he didn't understand how a person can claim to be both a Christian and a Republican."[71] Though the Montgomery attorney insists it was simply a joke, he has drawn the ire of the State Republican Party who argued the candidate stooped to a new low in questioning the Christianity of all those who vote or support Republicans.

Gifts

In early 2007, The Birmingham News published an investigative article revealing that King and a choir group from his church had accepted free tickets, food, and skybox access to an Atlanta Braves baseball game from the Alabama Power Company the previous season. Alabama Power had not reported the gifts to the appropriate ethics agencies, as required, until contacted by the News. King insisted that "Alabama Power offered him the tickets because his church choir had been asked to sing the national anthem," though they eventually canceled the performance. The Birmingham News chastised King whose responsibility they say was to represent Alabama Power customers before the Alabama Public Service Commission. King, though he reimbursed Alabama Power $486 for his family's food, denied any wrongdoing in the matter and argued that it was the responsibility of Alabama Power to have reported the matter in the first place.

Alabama

Federal prosecutors, in May 2009, "subpoenaed records seeking information about King's travel, purchases and any gifts he might have received while in office."[72] King has not been accused of a crime.

Transocean Offshore Drilling Co.

Documents filed with the United States Senate showed that throughout the 1980s and 90s, Luther Strange served as a Washington lobbyist for a number of high-profile corporations, including those within the oil industry. Among them was Transocean Offshore Drilling, owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in late April 2010, resulting in a massive oil spill that damaged the coastal economies and ecosystems of several states, including Alabama.

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Troy King contended that this relationship compromised Strange's ability to pursue legal claims against Transocean and BP, which had leased Deepwater Horizon, for spill-related damages. Strange, however, insisted that his work for Transocean involved "only federal legislative monitoring." Furthermore, Transocean had been reincorporated twice through mergers in the 2000s, and was thus not, he argued, the same company he had represented in the past. As a result, he claimed his previous work would have "absolutely no bearing on [his] intent to pursue all those responsible for the tragedy."[73]

See also

Other elections

External links

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. Birmingham Business Journal "Luther Strange announces run for attorney general" 13 May, 2009
  3. WTVY News 4 "James Anderson Joins Alabama Attorney General Race" 17 Jan. 2010
  4. Alabama Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  5. Alabama AFL-CIO - 2010 Candidate Endorsements
  6. Roots Wire "Alabama AFL-CIO Announces 2010 Endorsements" 11 Aug. 2010
  7. ABC 32 WNCF TV "Anderson Receives Endorsement for AG by AL Fraternal Order of Police" 20 Sept. 2010
  8. Fight for Alabama "Alabama Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Anderson and Lt. Gov. Folsom" 21 Sept. 2010
  9. Greene County Democrat "ANSC endorses Ron Sparks for Governor and other Democratic candidates for state office" 23 Sept. 2010
  10. Birmingham News "OUR VIEW: James Anderson is the better of two good choices for attorney general" 26 Oct. 2010
  11. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  12. Life News "Alabama Pro-Life Group Endorses Candidates in Upcoming 2010 Elections" 5 Oct. 2010
  13. Doc's Political Parlor "ALFA's Farm-PAC Makes Endorsement Recommendations" 23 July, 2010
  14. The Birmingham News "Virginia's attorney general endorses Alabama Republican attorney general candidate Luther Strange" 5 Oct. 2010
  15. The Huntsville Times "EDITORIAL: Luther Strange for attorney general" 29 Oct. 2010
  16. NFIB "NFIB/Alabama Supports Luther Strange for Attorney General" 5 Oct. 2010
  17. Doc's Political Parlor "Mitt Romney Endorses 24 Alabama Candidates, But..." 30 Sept. 2010
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  19. Alabama Department of State - James Anderson 10-5 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  20. Alabama Department of State - James Anderson 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  21. Alabama Department of State - Luther Strange 10 Day General Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  22. Alabama Department of State - Luther Strange 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  23. Alabama Department of State - Luther Strange 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  24. Alabama Live "Birmingham attorney Giles Perkins says he's running for state attorney general" 21 Oct. 2009
  25. Jere Beasley Report "Michel Nicrosi to run for Attorney General" 10 Dec. 2009
  26. WTVY News 4 "James Anderson Joins Alabama Attorney General Race" 17 Jan. 2010
  27. Alabama Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Election Results
  28. Even though James Anderson received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Alabama state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  29. The Daily News "Political endorsements" 26 May, 2010
  30. Opelika-Auburn News "Editorial: Time for a change in attorney general’s office" 24 May, 2010
  31. Alabama Department of State - James Anderson 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  32. Alabama Department of State - James Anderson 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  33. Alabama Department of State - Michel Nicrosi Campaign Termination Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  34. Alabama Department of State - Michel Nicrosi 10 Day Primary Runoff Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  35. Alabama Department of State - Michel Nicrosi 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  36. Alabama Department of State - Michel Nicrosi 2009 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  37. Alabama Department of State - Giles Perkins 2010 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  38. This is the ending balance of the previous (2009) annual report, it does not correspond to the 10-Day Primary Runoff report listed below.
  39. Alabama Department of State - Giles Perkins 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  40. Alabama Department of State - Giles Perkins 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  41. Alabama Department of State - Giles Perkins 2009 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  42. Alabama Live "Troy King says he'll seek re-election as Alabama's attorney general" 12 March, 2009
  43. Birmingham Business Journal "Luther Strange announces run for attorney general" 13 May, 2009
  44. Alabama Secretary of State - 2010 Republican Primary Election Results
  45. Left in Alabama "ALFA's Farm-PAC Endorsements Interesting For What They Leave Out" 28 Jan. 2010
  46. Alabama Live "Alabama FOP board endorses Attorney General Troy King for re-election" 15 Oct. 2009
  47. WSFA 12 News "King picks up B'ham FOP endorsement" 8 March, 2010
  48. Birmingham News "OUR VIEW: Luther Strange is by far the best Republican candidate for Alabama's attorney general, and Michel Nicrosi is our pick of the three solid Democratic choices" 24 May, 2010
  49. News-Talk 1079 FM "Strange Endorsement From Riley" 27 May, 2010
  50. Opelika-Auburn News "Editorial: Time for a change in attorney general’s office" 24 May, 2010
  51. 51.0 51.1 WHNT News 19 "District Attorneys Endorse Luther Strange for Attorney General" 25 May, 2010
  52. Alabama Department of State - Troy King Campaign Termination Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  53. Alabama Department of State - Troy King 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  54. Alabama Department of State - Troy King 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  55. Alabama Department of State - Troy King 2009 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  56. Alabama Department of State - Troy King 2008 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  57. Alabama Department of State - Luther Strange 45 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  58. Alabama Department of State - Luther Strange 2009 Annual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  59. Public Strategies Associates "Independent Statewide Poll Shows Byrne, Moore in Close Race; King and Strange Neck-and-Neck; Huckabee Leading Palin" 9 Feb. 2010
  60. Public Policy Polling "Davis, Byrne ahead in primaries" 30 March, 2010
  61. Public Strategies Associates "Independent Statewide Poll Shows Byrne, James Neck and Neck; Strange Pulls Away from King" 13 May, 2010
  62. Alabama Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Runoff Election Results
  63. The Birmingham News "OUR VIEW: Alabama Democrats' best choice for attorney general is James Anderson" 5 July, 2010
  64. Left in Alabama "Giles Perkins Wins New South Endorsement for Runoff" 16 June, 2010
  65. The Birmingham Times "Giles Perkins Endorsed By Alabama New South Coalition" 24 June, 2010
  66. The Anniston Star "Byrne is best GOP choice" 9 July, 2010
  67. Florence Times Daily "Byrne picked" 9 July, 2010
  68. The Huffington Post "Howard Dean Urges Support for Giles Perkins" 1 July, 2010
  69. Alabama Department of State - James Anderson 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  70. Alabama Department of State - Giles Perkins 10 Day Pre-Election Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  71. Montgomery Advertiser "AG candidate's joke about faith riles GOP" 1 Oct. 2010
  72. Alabama Live "U.S. attorney seeks records from Alabama Attorney General Troy King in wide-ranging subpoena" 13 May, 2009
  73. Alabama Live "Records show AG candidate Luther Strange once lobbied for Deepwater Horizon owner" 7 May, 2010