HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- David Blair thanked his supporters at a results watching party Wednesday night after preliminary results showed Paul Sanford with a commanding lead for the Republican nomination for District 7 state senator.
"We made a run at and we fell a little short. A disappointment for the team, but I respect the process and the support we have had," Blair said.
With 97% of precincts reporting, Paul Sanford had 7078 votes and David Blair had 2722 votes.
"We always love going out and campaigning. It gives you more of a chance to meet the community. The team did a great job talking to folks," Blair said.
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Blair is the current president of the Huntsville Board of Education.
"I learned more about the power of the incumbency. I went from a non-partisan to a partisan race and how that effects a race. I will digest that and think about it some more and figure out a strategy," Blair concluded.
Across downtown Huntsville, Paul Sanford and his supported gathered at his restaurant to watch the results come in. Senator Sanford was pleased with the support.
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"I thought that people would respond to the message we're sending out and that seems to be working so far." Sanford said.
The senator said the thing he is most proud of is the "Carly's Law" legislation he co-sponsored with Representative Mike Ball. He wants to continue to make Alabama a business friendly state, while working on taxes.