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Inside the Statehouse By Steve Flowers


Well folks, if you vote
in the Republican primary
you may want to go back
to the polls next week
and finish selecting the
GOP nominees for several
important state offices. If
you are a Democrat the
only reason you will need
to vote on Tuesday is if
you have a runoff in a lo-
cal race and there are very
few of those around.
We are still a very red
Republican state. There
are 29 elected statewide
officials in Alabama. All
29 are held by Republi-
cans. When all the votes
are counted in November,
that 29 out of 29 figures
will more than likely be
the same in the Heart of
Dixie. The Blue wave has
not reached here. There
were twice as many Re-
publican voters, 590,000
to 283,000, as Democratic
voters on June 5.
In addition to having
all 29 state offices held by
Republicans, six out of
seven of our members of
Congress are members of
the GOP. That will also
remain the same when the
dust settles in the fall.
The only contested
Congressional race is
for the Second District,
which encompasses most
of the Montgomery River
Region, including Elmore
and Autauga Counties,
coupled with the Wire

grass. It is a very conser

vative district. Therefore,
it is a Republican seat.
The winner of the GOP
runoff between Martha
Roby and Bobby Bright
will be the Congressman.
Whichever one is elected
will vote consistently con-
servative with the GOP
leadership in Congress.
Roby is on the ropes
because she vowed open-
ly, two years ago, that she
would not vote for Donald
Trump for President. That
unnecessary display of disloyalty has made her
very unpopular in the
district. Trump has a 90
percent approval rat-
ing among Republican
primary voters in south-
east Alabama. She would
have lost two years ago if
the primary had been held
after her statement. There
was an unprecedented
number of write in votes
against her. She has been
considered very vulner-
able since that time.
National special inter-
ests stuck to their script
and stayed loyal to the
incumbent and loaded
her up with Washington
money. She was able to
outspend her four male
opponents by an over 2
to 1 margin. However,
she fell short in the pri-
mary garnering about 38
percent. Bobby Bright
received 27 percent and
is well known and liked
in the district. How-
ever, President Trump’s
endorsement of Roby
three weeks ago may have
wiped the slate clean for
Roby and given her a
clear path to reelection.
Winning the Repub

lican nomination for
Attorney General and Lt.
Governor in Alabama is
still pretty much tan-
tamount to election in
Alabama, although the
Democrats have a viable
candidate for Attorney
General in young Joseph
Siegelman in November
Don Siegelman’s son
Joseph along with youth

ful Tuscaloosa mayor,
Walt Maddox, have viable
chances of winning as a
Democrat in November.
The GOP race for At

torney General has been
the best contest in the
primary season. Troy
King began the race as
the favorite and will
probably prevail next
Tuesday. There were four
formidable horses in this
race. King has previ

ously served as Attorney
General and therefore was
perceived as the incum-
bent. Bentley appointee
Steve Marshall had been
a Democratic DA for a
while. This one will boil
down to who votes.
In a GOP runoff, only
the hardcore Republican
base will vote. Those
voters will not be excited
about Steve Marshall who
was appointed by Robert
Bentley and as late as a
few years ago was expedi

ently a Democrat who was
appointed by Don Siegel

man. In fact, he voted for
and contributed to Barack
Obama. My guess is that
folks will vote for Troy
King, a lifelong Repub

The race for Lt. Gover-
nor will be close between
Twinkle Cavanaugh and
Will Ainsworth. This
contest has attracted more
attention and money than
ever. The odds say that
there is a 50-50 chance
that whoever wins this
contest next Tuesday will
ascend to Governor over
the next few years. Our
current governor moved
from Lt. Governor to
Governor without being
elected. It has happened
more than once over the
past few decades.
If you vote on Tuesday,
you will be in a pool of
about 10 to 12 percent of
voters. Therefore, if you
show up, your vote will be
enhanced exponentially.
See you next week.