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Partisan breakdown
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Key deadlines
State executive organization
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Nine state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Alabama.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014, following a primary on June 3 and a runoff where necessary on July 15.

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.[2][3][4]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Alabama:

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held nine of the nine state executive seats up for election in 2014 in Alabama.

Alabama State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 9 9
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 9 9
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Governor

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.
Governor of Alabama Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngParker Griffith 63.9% 115,433
Kevin Bass 36.1% 65,225
Total Votes 180,658
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Lt. Governor

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.

Alabama Attorney General

Uncontested

Secretary of State

Runoff

Alabama Secretary of State, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 53.1% 108,740
Reese McKinney 46.9% 95,877
Total Votes 204,617
Election Results via ALGOP.org.

Primary

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


Treasurer

Uncontested

Auditor

Runoff

Alabama State Auditor, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 64.9% 131,637
Dale Peterson 35.1% 71,141
Total Votes 202,778
Election Results via ALGOP.org.

Primary

Alabama Auditor Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 47.1% 164,002
Green check mark transparent.pngDale Peterson 24.3% 84,828
Adam Thompson 18.6% 64,688
Hobbie Sealy 10% 34,910
Total Votes 348,428
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries

Uncontested

Alabama Public Service Commissioner Place 1

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

Runoff

Alabama Public Service Commissioner (Place 2), Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 59.3% 119,122
Terry Dunn Incumbent 40.7% 81,626
Total Votes 200,748
Election Results via ALGOP.org.

Primary

Alabama Public Service Commission, Position 2, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Beeker 39% 133,606
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Dunn Incumbent 32.5% 111,404
Jonathan Barbee 15.9% 54,341
Phillip Brown 12.6% 43,097
Total Votes 342,448
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

Governor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bentley Incumbent 63.6% 750,231
     Democrat Parker Griffith 36.2% 427,787
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 2,395
Total Votes 1,180,413
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey Incumbent 63.2% 738,090
     Democratic James C. Fields 36.7% 428,007
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,146
Total Votes 1,167,243
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuther Strange Incumbent 58.4% 681,973
     Democratic Joseph Lister Hubbard 41.4% 483,771
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 2,157
Total Votes 1,167,901
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Merrill 64.3% 733,298
     Democratic Lula Albert-Kaigler 35.6% 406,373
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,271
Total Votes 1,140,942
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Treasurer

Young Boozer ran unopposed for re-election.

Auditor

Auditor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Zeigler 62.9% 716,122
     Democratic Miranda Joseph 37% 420,843
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,010
Total Votes 1,137,975
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries

Agriculture Commissioner of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McMillan Incumbent 64.7% 734,428
     Democratic Doug "New Blue" Smith 35.2% 400,299
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 970
Total Votes 1,135,697
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Public Service Commissioner (2 seats)

Jeremy Oden and Chip Beeker ran unopposed in the general election.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[10] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[11]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[12]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[13]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 81,687,059 35.9

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

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

State executive organization

Executive officials in Alabama are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Alabama's state government:

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Ballotpedia reports

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Recent news

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