On Tuesday night, Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh won the Republican nomination for President of the Alabama Public Service Commission.
With 72 percent of precincts reporting, Cavanaugh had 48,130 votes, or 61 percent of the vote. Brown had 30,948 votes, or 39 percent. Their contest was the only statewide race on the ballot Tuesday.
Cavanaugh issued a sharply worded statement late in the evening, making it clear she has her eyes set on the November race against Lucy Baxley.
“I must thank my fellow Republicans for the confidence they have placed in me as we work to drive the last remaining statewide-elected Democrat from office and make Alabama among the brightest red states in the nation,” Cavanaugh said.
“As a PSC Commissioner, I’ve had a birds-eye view of how Lucy Baxley has run the agency and, quite frankly, it’s what has encouraged me to run for President. We can’t afford a part-time, status quo caretaker like Lucy as PSC President. We need someone with the energy and vision and ability to transform the agency into a real job creation tool – one that can be a true asset to Alabama’s economic development efforts.”
Cavanaugh and Baxley face off in the general election on November 6.