Alabama Secretary of State election, 2014

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Alabama Secretary of State

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Merrill Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Bennett Republican Party
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The Alabama Secretary of State election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jim Bennett (R) was appointed secretary of state to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of previous officeholder Beth Chapman. Chapman was first elected in 2006 and, due to term limits, would have been ineligible to seek re-election in 2014 even if she had remained in office through the end of her term. Per the terms of his appointment, Bennett was not running for a full term in 2014.

The race to replace Bennett featured Democratic candidate Lula Albert-Kaigler and Republican candidate John Merrill. Merrill won election to a four-year term.

Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Lula Albert-Kaigler - 2013 U.S. House candidate[4]
Republican Party John Merrill - Current legislator, Alabama House of Representatives District 62 Green check mark transparent.png [5]

Did not file

Republican Party Jim Bennett - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Reese McKinney - Former probate judge of Montgomery County, Alabama (Lost in runoff)[6]
Republican Party James Perdue - Probate judge of Crenshaw County, Alabama[7]

Results

General election

Secretary of State of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 64.4% 731,419
     Democratic Lula Albert-Kaigler 35.6% 404,552
Total Votes 1,135,971
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Runoff

Alabama Secretary of State, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Reese McKinney 46.9% 95,808
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 53.1% 108,664
Total Votes 204,472
Election Results Via:abc News. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Primary election

Democratic primary

  • Unopposed

Republican primary

Alabama Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngReese McKinney 38.4% 139,763
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 39.6% 143,960
James Perdue 22% 80,050
Total Votes 363,773
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.


Past elections

2010

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Beth Chapman 62.3%
     Democratic Party Scott Gilliland 37.7%
Total Votes 1,451,133

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Beth Chapman 57.6%
     Democratic Party Nancy L. Worley 42.3%
Total Votes 1,204,136

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
February 7, 2014 Filing deadline
June 3, 2014 Primary election
July 15, 2014 Primary runoff
November 4, 2014 General election
November 14, 2014 Certification of general election results
January 19, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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