Each of the three local legislative races on the Chambers County primary ballot went down to the wire. But in the end incumbent State Senator Gerald Dial held on to earn the Republican nomination, Valley’s Isaac Whorton relied on Chambers County to capture the House District 38 nomination and Roanoke’s Bob Fincher edged Bryant Whaley to win the House District 37 Republican race.
Turnout was low in Chambers County for Tuesday’s primaries. Approximately 20 percent (4,789) of county voters cast their ballots in an election the featured only a handful of strictly local races.
Several races didn’t just include Chambers County. The District 13 Senate race spanned Chambers, Lee, Randolph, Clay, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties. The District 37 House race included Chambers, Clay and Randolph Counties, and District 38 includes Chambers and Lee Counties. The Republican ballot consisted of races relevant to Chambers Counties, while the Democratic ballot had just one race, the nomination for governor on it. Both ballots included a special referendum for Chambers County voters to extend a one-cent educational sales tax.
In the District 38 Republican race, Valley’s Isaac Whorton overwhelmingly took Chambers County with 1,576 votes (85.1 percent) compared to Randy Price’s 276 (14.9 percent). Price won Lee County with 1,705 votes to Whorton’s 994, but thanks to his home county’s support, Whorton has won the nomination. Because he is unopposed on the Democratic ticket, Whorton will likely be the next District 38 representative. He received a total of 2,570 votes to Price’s 1,981, though those numbers are unofficial.
The District 13 Senate and District 37 House races were too close to call late last night, but this morning a clearer picture emerged.
In the District 13 Senate race, incumbent Gerald Dial received 1,343 votes (42.4 percent) compared to Tim Sprayberry’s 1,822 votes (57.57 percent) in Chambers County. No other county numbers have been confirmed, but state sources indicate that Dial carried the nomination with 7,419 votes to Sprayberry’s 7,003.
In the Republican primary for House District 37, Bryant Whaley got 649 votes (50.47 percent) in Chambers County compared to Bob Fincher’s 637 votes (49.53 percent). Despite losing Chambers’, Fincher had enough support from Randolph and Clay Counties to get the win. Fincher received 2,921 votes (58 percent) to Whaley’s 2,147 (42 percent).
One race that was resolved was the Republican primary for Chambers County Sheriff. Jimmy Allen defeated Chad Roberts by a margin of 1,666 votes (65.3 percent) to 887 (34.7 percent). Allen will now face Sheriff Sid Lockhart in the general election in November.
In statewide elections, there weren’t many surprises as Gov. Robert Bentley and Lt. Governor Kay Ivey easily earned the Republican nomination for their respective offices. Bentley earned 2,701 votes (85.3 percent) in Chambers County, while Ivey received 2,137 votes (71.8 percent) in the county.
Third Congressional District US Representative Mike Rogers also won the Republican nomination. Rogers received 2,288 votes (72.8 percent) in Chambers County.