ELECTION BLOG: Follow us as the results roll in for the 2018 primary runoff election

WHNT News 19 is bringing you live coverage from across the state. Follow along with all the updates on the candidates in the 2018 Primary Runoff Election.

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Jessica Grotjahn July 17, 201810:15 pm

Joseph Cannon will be the next License Commissioner for Limestone County.

(Photo Dean Baucom)

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:55 pm

Interesting night, lots of heated campaigns, vote totals didn’t match the intensity. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:52 pm

So, Ainsworth will face Will Boyd in November; Marshall is now running against Joseph Siegelman; AG Commissioner race, Rick Pate doesn’t have a Democratic opponent. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:43 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:41 pm

Yep, she’s congratulating Ainsworth. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:41 pm

The Lt. Gov’s race appears over. Wide reporting Cavanaugh has conceded. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:36 pm

So, Lt. Gov. primary, 549k votes cast. Today, about 316k. That said, with 93 percent reporting, Ainsworth holds a 4 point lead, 163,957 to Cavanaugh’s 151,688. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:31 pm

Turnout kills … At 87 percent, Ainsworth leads Twinkle Cavanaugh by 4 points. She’s received almost 100k fewer votes than in primary. His total slipped 48k so far. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:26 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:25 pm

This is a surprising remark from Troy King, though less interesting than the idea that he’ll pursue the ethics complaint against Marshall. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:24 pm

Cavanaugh got the most votes in a three-person field in the Lt. Gov primary. She had 43 percent of the vote, 238k in the primary. Ainsworth got 204k. Tonight, he’s at 141k, she’s at 129k. 82% of the vote counted. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:22 pm

82 percent of the vote in, Ainsworth leads Cavanaugh by 4 points. It would be interesting to figure out how much the stolen tiger-felony theft ad helped/hurt the candidates. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:18 pm

To recap, Marshall won. King says he’ll still pursue ethics complaint against him. Pate is up 12 on Dial in Ag Commish race, with 77 percent of the vote in. Stewart leads in Supreme Court race by 10 points. Ainsworth leads Cavanaugh by 4 in Lt. Gov’s race, 77 percent of vote counted. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:13 pm

Cavanaugh edging closer to Ainsworth in Lt. Gov’s race, he leads 52-48 with 72 percent of the vote counted. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:11 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:06 pm

72 percent of the vote in, Will Ainsworth still leads Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh by 6 percent in the GOP Lt. Gov’s runoff. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20189:01 pm

100 percent of the returns in for Madison County (8% turnout) Barros defeats Willis in Dem Senate runoff, 707-534; Marshall beats King, 13,396 to 5,009; Ainsworth beats Cavanaugh 11,344 to 7,070; in AG Commish race Pate beats Dial 9,120 to 7,460; Supreme Court, Stewart beats Mendheim 10,035 to 7,177. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:56 pm

Various news outlets calling AG race for Marshall. Troy King’s campaign spent $2 million, Marshall’s $3 million. Interesting to see if King continues to pursue ethics complaint against Marshall. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:54 pm

AG Commish race, Pate still up 12 points; Supreme Court, Stewart still up 8 points. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:53 pm

Cavanaugh still trails Ainsworth by 6 points, with 60 percent of the vote in. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:53 pm

60 percent of the vote in in Alabama, Marshall has 64 percent of the vote. I’m pretty sure they’re about to call the race for him. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:51 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:49 pm

So, with 95 percent of the vote in in Madison County — Deborah Barros appears headed to the win in the AL Dist. 7 Democratic runoff. She leads Deidra Willis 649-482. She’ll face Sam Givhan in November. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:44 pm

51 percent of the vote in: Not seeing a lot of changes, Ainsworth up by a bit more, Marshall, Pate cruising, Stewart’s lead grows a bit in Supreme Court race. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:40 pm

49 percent of the vote in, Ainsworth still leads Cavanaugh by 6 percent, he’s held that lead, unchanging really, for quite a while. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:37 pm

In Madison County Marshall has more than 70 percent of the vote; Ainsworth leads with 61 percent; Supreme Court candidate Sarah Stewart has 58 percent and AG Commissioner candidate Pate has 54 percent. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:36 pm

With 84 percent of Madison County vote in, Barros leads the AL Sen. District 7 race over Willis, 554 to 406. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:34 pm

Reporting in that Martha Roby has won the GOP primary for the Montgomery area US House seat. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:32 pm

Now, 42 percent of vote in, Lt. Gov’s race Ainsworth 6 point lead still; AG Marshall way up; Pate leads in AG commish race by 12 and in Supreme Court race Sarah Stewart leads by 8 points. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:28 pm

Race for Lt. Gov and Supreme Court are the only 2 statewide races — at 31 percent of the vote — within single digits. Will Ainsworth leads Twinkle Cavanaugh by 6 points and Sarah Stewart leads in Supreme Court race over Brad Mendheim by 4 points. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:26 pm

With 31 percent in statewide, Ainsworth leads in Lt. Gov’s race by 6 points — lead has been pretty steady; AG Marshall up 26 points on King; Pate up 12 points on Dial; Sarah Stewart is up 4 points over Mendheim in Supreme Court race. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:23 pm

Dem Senate Dist. 7 runoff, 65 percent of the vote in: Barros leads Willis 393 to 281. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:20 pm

57 percent of the vote in in Madison County: Marshall has 72% of the vote; Ainsworth is beating Cavanaugh 61% to 39%; Pate leads Dial 54%-45%; Stewart leads Mendheim in Supreme Court race, 58%-41% 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:15 pm

Ok, 19 percent of the vote in statewide, Atty General Marshall up on King by 24 points, Ainsworth leads Twinkle Cavanaugh in the Lt. Gov’s race by 6 points. Ag Commissioner Pate leads Dial by 10 points; Supreme Court Mendheim up by about 1,100 votes over Sarah Stewart. Martha Roby also winning big US House race. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:10 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:09 pm

With 33 percent of vote in Barros leads Willis in Alabama Senate Dist. 7 Democratic runoff, 201 to 156. Winner faces Republican Sam Givhan. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:07 pm

13 percent in, statewide: Marshall up 20 points, Ainsworth up 6 points, Pate leads by 10, Sarah Stewart (did the stop evildoers ad) is now trailing by 6 points. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:05 pm

OK, so there’s 260k registered voters, so far 4,900 votes have been counted in today’s runoff, and it’s 32 percent of the precincts reporting. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:01 pm

Statewide with 8% in, Marshall up 28 points on King, Ainsworth and Pate leading their races by 10 points each. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20188:00 pm

Barros leads Willis in Democratic AL Senate District 7 runoff 125-101. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:59 pm

Strong showing for Steve Marshall. With 20 percent of vote in in Madison County, Marshall is beating Troy King 73 percent to 26 percent. King got endorsements from Roy Moore and Trump adviser Roger Stone in final days of campaign. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:56 pm

So, with 5 percent in statewide, Marshall over King by 24 percent; Ainsworth over Cavanaugh by 8 percent; Pate up 12 points over Dial; For AL Supreme Court — Sarah Stewart is up about 350 votes over Brad Mendheim; 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:50 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:48 pm

Our numbers so far, 2 percent in — statewide — Marshall up 22 points on King, Ainsworth up 4 on Cavanaugh, Pate leads Dial by 10 points. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:46 pm

Five percent of the vote in in Madison County — Marshall way up on King, Ainsworth up 17 points on Cavanaugh. Dem Senate race is 58 votes for Barros, 38 votes for Willis. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:44 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:43 pm

Candidates making short appearances at watch parties. I keep clicking on returns to see where things stand, so I wonder what literally can distract a candidate on a night like this, when all they want to do is hit refresh. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:38 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:37 pm

Just six weeks ago the big question was whether Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle could force Gov. Kay Ivey into a runoff. That didn’t happen, but it would have been a very interesting six weeks leading up to tonight. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:35 pm

WHNT News 19’s super-super early results show Lt. Gov race as the closest, Marshall with early solid lead over King. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:33 pm

Also, lots of money spent. Steve Marshall has spent $3 million trying to keep AG seat, opponent Troy King spent $2m. Both Lt. Gov candidates Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth spent over $2m, with Ainsworth lending his campaign $1m. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:31 pm

Again, it’s been a bit of a strange runoff campaign. AG candidate accused current AG of taking illegal campaign money. Lt. Gov candidate does ad discusses rival’s theft of $15k worth of plastic tigers 16 years ago and AG Commissioner candidate dredges up 30 year old allegation of spousal abuse against rival. Wife appears in allege abuser’s ad, calls original ad a lie. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:27 pm

Of less interest in Madison County, but interesting statewide is the GOP runoff for the Montgomery area U.S. House seat currently held by Martha Roby. She’s facing former Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:25 pm

In Madison County, there’s a runoff in the District 7 AL Senate race. The seat has been held by Sen. Paul Sanford, he chose not to run again. Republican Sam Givhan won his primary. Now, Democrats Deborah Barros and Deidra Willis are vying for the chance to face him in November. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:23 pm

So, the ballot on the GOP side is pretty interesting. There’s races for Lt. Gov., Attorney General, AG Commissioner, and nominations for the AL Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and Civil Appeals. Basically, a lot of what happens in the state in the future, will begin taking shape tonight. 

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:20 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:19 pm

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:19 pm

We’ve got folks on the scene …

Brian Lawson July 17, 20187:17 pm

Here we go … not a lot of races tonight, but likely the leading contender to soon be a heartbeat or scandal away from the Governor’s office. And what’s been a tough race for the GOP nomination for Attorney General, sets up an interesting race for November.