Elections 2018

The Year of Firsts: Freshman Candidates Find the Campaign Trail Grueling, Expensive and Rewarding

Just before the deadline closed, Cara McClure and Kari Powell submitted the paperwork to run for the Public Service Commission. They didn’t know one another beforehand, but they ended up on a phone call just after the midnight deadline talking about their similar platforms and how, despite having never run for political office, they would each need to hit the ground running.

“It’s Just Plum Sad:” Ivey Disputes Reports of Health Issues, Chastises Maddox Campaign

Gov. Kay Ivey is again disputing that her health is an issue in her re-election campaign and called out her Democratic challenger for trying to make it one.

Ivey’s Campaign Still Leads Maddox in Contributions With Three Weeks to Go in the Campaign

Gov. Kay Ivey continued to build her campaign warchest in early October, raising almost twice as much as Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, according to reports filed Monday with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

Republican Circuit Clerk Candidate Staying in the Race

A Republican candidate for Jefferson County Circuit Clerk says he will remain in the race despite a recent court ruling against him in a church dispute over money.

Judge Bob Vance Makes Second Run for State’s Top Judicial Seat

Judge Bob Vance has been on the bench in Jefferson County since 2002. This year he’s trying for a second time to become the head of Alabama’s court system. Vance is the Democratic nominee for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

The Biggest Donors Eclipse The Rest In Gubernatorial Campaigns

By Glenn Stephens Hundreds of thousands of dollars from Alabama’s richest person and a group of Tuscaloosa-based political action committees are fueling the race for governor as the campaign enters its final three months. Incumbent Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, mayor of Tuscaloosa, have gotten most of their campaign money from […]

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Alabama Primary Runoff Election Wrap-Up

Alabama Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall defeated former Attorney General Troy King in Tuesday's primary runoffs. State Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh lost her bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor to state Rep. Will Ainsworth. Here's your election results roundup.

It’s Back to the Polls Across Alabama. Voters to Decide Party Nominees

Alabama's primary runoffs include statewide races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, and a number of local races. Here's everything you need to know.

Why People Are Talking About Gov. Ivey’s Age

There's a lot of chatter among political pundits and voters about whether Gov. Kay Ivey is up to the task of leading the state for a full term. Is it a question that comes up often for older female political candidates?

AG Marshall Speaks Out About Wife’s Mental Health Struggles

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shed light today on circumstances around his wife's death this past Sunday. In an emotional press conference, Marshall set the record straight about his family.

Analysis of Alabama’s Primary from the Right and Left

Democrat Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey will meet in the fall race for Governor. Some other races in Alabama's primary will go to runoffs first. We have analysis from Republican consultant Jeff Vreeland and Democratic pollster Zac McCrary.

Ivey, Maddox to Face Off in November

Gov. Kay Ivey won Tuesday's Republican primary with a significant lead over her three opponents, giving her a chance to be elected to the seat for the first time in November. She will face Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the race for governor.

Alabama Governor’s Primary Race is All About Corruption

There’s been rampant corruption among state leaders in Alabama, and it’s escalated in recent years. Voters have noticed. And judging by the anti-corruption political ads and fliers blanketing mailboxes and screens, candidates in Tuesday’s primary are responding.

GOP Plays to Social Conservatives in Statewide Primaries

Alabama voters go to the polls June 5th for party primaries. In addition to governor, they’ll choose nominees for lieutenant governor, attorney general and chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

2018 Elections: Candidate Profiles

Four Republicans and six Democrats are vying for the party nominations in the June 5 Alabama primaries. Here are their profiles.

2018 Governor’s Race: James Fields

Democrat James Fields was the first African American to run for a legislative seat in mostly-white Cullman County. Many told him to withdraw, but he went on to win that seat in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2008. Now he's running for governor.

2018 Governor’s Race: Doug “New Blue” Smith

Democrat Doug "New Blue" Smith says previous Republican administrations have dismantled the state's "economic machinery." He would restore it if elected governor.

2018 Governor’s Race: Scott Dawson

Scott Dawson is a newcomer to politics. But the Republican evangelist says he was inspired to run for Alabama governor after watching former Governor Robert Bentley’s administration fall apart amid Bentley’s alleged affair with an aide.

2018 Governor’s Race: Sue Bell Cobb

Sue Bell Cobb was the first woman to be elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Now the Evergreen native has her sights set on the governor’s office. Her conversation with WBHM’s Dan Carsen starts with a horrific event from Cobb’s days as a county judge when a man who’d appeared in her court firebombed her house.

2018 Governor’s Race: Christopher Countryman

Democrat Christopher Countryman has been active as an LGBTQ activist. He now has his eye on the governor's office.

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2018 Governor’s Race: State Senator Bill Hightower

Republican State Senator Bill Hightower says Alabama needs a business-minded approach to state government and that’s why he’s running for governor.

2018 Governor’s Race: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

Huntsville is Alabama’s third largest city, but it’s projected to surpass Montgomery and Birmingham in the coming years. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he can expand that kind of growth to the entire state and that’s why he’s running for governor.

2018 Governor’s Race: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is best known for rebuilding that city after a devastating tornado hit in 2011. In his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor in the June 5 primary, he's pushing for an education lottery, expansion of Medicaid, and an end to proposals that would have teachers carry guns.