Three runoffs, two open seats and one lucky Boozer: Alabama state executive primary elections review

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June 4, 2014

Alabama

By Maresa Strano

June 4, 2014 Election Review
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Montgomery, Alabama: On June 3, Alabama voters faced seven contested state executive primary fields, three of which remain unsettled thanks to the state's runoff policy.[1][2]

Nine state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Alabama: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, commissioner of agriculture and industries and two seats on the public service commission.[3] Republican primaries were held for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, and both seats up for election on the public service commission; A single contested Democratic primary, for governor, determined that Parker Griffith will represent the party on the November ballot against Republican incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley.

Two of the nine all Republican incumbents are not seeking re-election: Samantha Shaw, who has reached her term-limit as state auditor; and secretary of state Jim Bennett, who was appointed last summer to serve out the remainder of resigned secretary Beth Chapman's term with the understanding that he would not pursue election to a full term in 2014. The other seven, including Bentley, are Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (R), Attorney General Luther Strange (R), Treasurer Young Boozer (R), Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan (R), plus two Public Service Commissioners, Jeremy Oden (Place 1) and Terry Dunn (Place 2). Among the seven, Boozer alone will enjoy a free pass through the general election, having drawn zero major party challengers.

Boozer, Strange and McMillan all ran unopposed for their respective nominations yesterday, while each of the remaining incumbents at least avoided elimination. Bentley, Ivey and Oden received enough of votes to automatically advance to the general election. Alabama Public Service Commissioner for Place 2 Terry Dunn not only failed to win a majority of the vote, he finished in second place behind challenger Chip Beeker. Beeker took 39% to Dunn's 33%, according to unofficial results. In addition to the PSC runoff for Place 2, both of the contested open seat races - for secretary of state and state auditor - are headed to runoffs.

Alabama election law requires a candidate to earn a majority of the primary vote in order to automatically move on with their party's nomination. If no candidate reaches that threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes compete in a runoff, to take place on "Tuesday of the ninth week after the primary." This year, that falls on July 15, 2014.[4]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a review of yesterday's primary elections.



Alabama Governor
See also: Alabama Gubernatorial election, 2014
Republican Primary
Governor of Alabama Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bentley Incumbent 89.3% 388,247
Stacy George 5.8% 25,134
Bob Starkey 4.9% 21,144
Total Votes 434,525
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.
Democratic Primary
Governor of Alabama Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Kevin Bass 36.1% 65,225
Green check mark transparent.pngParker Griffith 63.9% 115,433
Total Votes 180,658
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.

General Election Candidates

Republican Party Robert Bentley - Incumbent
Democratic Party Parker Griffith


Alabama Lieutenant Governor
See also: Alabama Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Republican Primary
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey Incumbent 61.7% 257,588
Stan Cooke 38.3% 160,023
Total Votes 417,611
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.
General Election Candidates

Republican Party Kay Ivey - Incumbent
Democratic Party James C. Fields


Alabama Attorney General
See also: Alabama attorney general election, 2014
General Election Candidates

Republican Party Luther Strange - Incumbent
Democratic Party Joseph Lister Hubbard


Alabama Secretary of State
See also: Alabama secretary of state election, 2014

This seat is open in 2014 due to the terms of current incumbent Jim Bennett's appointment by Gov. Bentley in July 2013. Bentley was to serve out the remainder of former Secretary Beth Chapman's second term after Chapman resigned to take a job in the private sector. Having held the office in an official elected capacity in the past, Bennett returned to his old post knowing that he would have to leave it again on January 19, 2015, when Chapman's term was set to expire.[5]

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.


Runoff Candidates

Republican Party Reese McKinney
Republican Party John Merrill

General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Lula Albert-Kaigler


Alabama Treasurer
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent treasurer Young Boozer was unopposed in the primary and faces no major party challenge in the general election.


Alabama Auditor
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican incumbent Samantha Shaw is ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

Republican Primary
Alabama Auditor Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDale Peterson 24.3% 84,828
Hobbie Sealy 10% 34,910
Adam Thompson 18.5% 64,688
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 47.1% 164,428
Total Votes 348,854
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.
Runoff Candidates

Republican Party Dale Peterson
Republican Party Jim Zeigler

General Election Candidates

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014
General Election Candidates

Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 1)
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Republican Primary
Alabama Public Service Commission, Position 1, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeremy Oden Incumbent 52.4% 188,971
Kathy Peterson 47.6% 171,755
Total Votes 360,726
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.

Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2)
See also: Alabama down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Republican Primary
Alabama Public Service Commission, Position 2, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Jonathan Barbee 15.9% 54,341
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 39% 133,606
Phillip Brown 12.6% 43,097
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Dunn Incumbent 32.5% 111,404
Total Votes 342,448
Election Results Via:Alabama Secretary of State.
Runoff Candidates

Republican Party Chip Beeker
Republican Party Terry Dunn - Incumbent


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