2018 Alabama gubernatorial election

On November 6, 2018 the 2018 Alabama gubernatorial election was held to elect the Governor of Alabama. Incumbent Republican Kay Ivey squared off against Democratic challenger Walter Maddox. Kay Ivey replaced Governor Robert Bentley after he resigned on April 10, 2017. She was running for a full term during this election. Kay achieved that goal and defeated Walter Maddox, who was the mayor of Tuscaloosa. She was sworn in on January 14, 2019.[1]

2018 Alabama gubernatorial election

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  Portrait-Governor-Kay-Ivey.jpg Walter Maddox May 2011 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Kay Ivey Walter Maddox
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,022,457 694,495
Percentage 59.5% 40.4%

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County results
Ivey:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Maddox:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Kay Ivey
Republican

Elected Governor

Kay Ivey
Republican

PrimariesEdit

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit
WithdrewEdit
DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
Ivey
  •   >90%
  •   70–80%
  •   60–70%
  •   50–60%
  •   40–50%
Battle
  •   40–50%
  •   60–70%
Republican primary results[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (incumbent) 330,743 56.1%
Republican Tommy Battle 146,887 24.9%
Republican Scott Dawson 79,302 13.5%
Republican Bill Hightower 29,275 5.0%
Republican Michael McAllister (deceased) 3,326 0.6%
Total votes 589,533 100.0%

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit
WithdrewEdit
DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
Maddox
  •   >90%
  •   80–90%
  •   70–80%
  •   60–70%
  •   50–60%
  •   40–50%
  •   <40%
Cobb
  •   <40%
  •   40–50%
  •   50–60%
Fields
  •   50–60%
White
  •   <40%
Democratic primary results[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walt Maddox 154,559 54.6%
Democratic Sue Bell Cobb 82,043 29.0%
Democratic James Fields 22,635 8.0%
Democratic Anthony White 9,677 3.4%
Democratic Doug "New Blue" Smith 9,244 3.3%
Democratic Christopher Countryman 4,923 1.7%
Total votes 283,081 100.0%

IndependentsEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit
  • Tony Hewitt Jr., police officer[52]
  • Eric Lathan, security guard, Iraq War veteran and candidate for the Jefferson County Commission in 2010[53]
DeclinedEdit
  • Mark Johnston, pastor, businessman and summer camp executive director[54][55][56][57]

General electionEdit

After both Kay Ivey and Walter Maddox won the nominations for governor from their respective parties the focused turned to the general election where the two faced off. Throughout the race Ivey held the lead over Maddox and when election day arrived she won the race. Maddox won 14 counties including his home county of Tuscaloosa County by 1 vote. Kay Ivey won the remaining 53 counties which included the likes of Mobile County and Madison County.[58]

ResultsEdit

2018 Alabama gubernatorial election[58]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kay Ivey (incumbent) 1,022,457 59.46% -4.10%
Democratic Walter Maddox 694,495 40.39% +4.15%
Republican hold

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