Alabama Primary Roundup - Strange upsets King, Anderson and Perkins go to run-off

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June 2, 2010

By Joseph Kastner

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, the voters of Alabama went to the polls to decide who, on both the Democratic and the Republican sides, would face each other in the general election to be the state's next attorney general.

In the Republican primary contest, incumbent State Attorney General Troy King faced an uphill battle in his bid for re-election against Birmingham attorney and former lobbyist Luther Strange. King, who was originally appointed to the position in 2004 by Republican Governor Bob Riley following the resignation of William Pryor to accept a federal judgeship, won election to the statewide office in 2006. Since then, however, his tenure has been plagued by a number of scandals, including a federal investigation into his travels as well as any gifts he might have received while in office.[1] Additionally, his early endorsement and continued support for moderate Senator John McCain in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, which he won, during the 2008 election campaign certainly did not sit well with his more conservative constituents.

Strange, who narrowly lost to Jim Folsom, Jr. in the state's 2006 lieutenant governor race, used the rumors of corruption in King's office to his advantage, making it the focus of the majority of his seven television commercials aired during the run up to the primary election. What likely influenced undecided Republican voters was Governor Bob Riley's endorsement of Luther Strange after King and Riley had a falling out over the enforcement of gambling laws.[2]

On the primary election date, Strange easily defeated King by a 3-to-2 margin.

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Luther Strange (R) 60.1%
Troy King (R) 39.9%
Total votes 473,337

On the Democratic side, three candidates vied for the state attorney general nomination - former chairman of the State Ethics Commission James H. Anderson, former executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party Giles Perkins, and former federal prosecutor Michel Nicrosi. When it came to the primary contest itself, Anderson's name recognition, along with his amusing television advertisements, helped him crush his two challengers.

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg James Anderson (D) 49.7%[4]
Giles Perkins (D) 31.0%
Michel Nicrosi (D) 19.3%
Total votes 274,772

Since neither Anderson nor Perkins received over fifty percent of the vote, both candidates will move on to the primary runoff election to be held on July 13.

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References

  1. Alabama Live "U.S. attorney seeks records from Alabama Attorney General Troy King in wide-ranging subpoena" 13 May, 2009
  2. News-Talk 1079 FM "Strange Endorsement From Riley" 27 May, 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press - Alabama Attorney General Primary Election Results
  4. 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.