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Will Ainsworth, Steve Marshall, Martha Roby win key races in runoff elections

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2018 9:25 AM

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Will Ainsworth has defeated Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in a race that got raucous down the stretch.

The 37-year-old Ainsworth ran commercials playing on Cavanaugh's unusual first name and calling her a career politician. Cavanaugh led all candidates for lieutenant governor in fundraising with nearly $1.1 million in total contributions through April.

The 52-year-old Cavanaugh brought up Ainsworth's theft arrest when he was a college student and was accused of stealing fiberglass tigers in downtown Auburn.

Ainsworth called it a college prank and closed his campaign by touring with a fiberglass tiger. He will face Democratic minister Will Boyd in November.

The lieutenant governor's office has been vacant since then-incumbent Kay Ivey became governor in April 2017.

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Appointed incumbent Steve Marshall has won the Republican nomination for attorney general and now faces his first statewide general election challenge. Marshall defeated former attorney general Troy King in the Republican runoff Tuesday. The former county prosecutor will face a general election challenge from Birmingham lawyer Joseph Siegelman, the son of ex-Gov. Don Siegelman.

The 53-year-old Marshall has been attorney general since February 2017, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him after naming Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate. Marshall had a narrow lead over the 49-year-old King in the June primary and widened his margin in the runoff. The race took on an aggressive tone in the closing days after both Marshall and King temporarily paused their campaigns following the suicide of Marshall's wife last month.

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U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has won a runoff in Alabama for her seat after President Donald Trump endorsed her despite criticism of him during his campaign. Roby on Tuesday beat Bobby Bright, who used to represent the district as a Democrat but ran this year as a Republican embracing Trump.

Roby drew multiple challengers in the primary after angering some voters in the closing days of the 2016 election. Roby had said she couldn't support then-candidate Trump because of his lewd comments about women, captured on an "Access Hollywood" tape. However, Trump had endorsed Roby in the runoff, calling her a "consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda."

With the nomination, Roby seeks a fifth term. She faces Democrat Tabitha Isner in November.

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