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Ivey, Britt, Segrest carry county vote in primary

The Republican ticket drew the vast majority of primary voters in Randolph County Tuesday, with Amendment 1, the governor’s race, and the U.S Senate race to replace the retiring Richard Shelby drawing the most attention.

Lew Burdette, a challenger to incumbent Kay Ivey in the governor’s race and a native of Randolph County, posted strong numbers here. He finished second in the county with nearly 31 percent of Republicans’ votes. Ivey was still the frontrunner in the county with just under 40 percent of the votes.

Katie Britt was a clear favorite of county voters in the race for Shelby’s Senate seat. She picked up nearly 48 percent of the ballots cast here, well ahead of Mo Brooks (24 percent) and Mike Durant (23 percent).

In the race for District Attorney for Alabama’s Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Randolph, Tallapoosa, Chambers and Macon Counties, challenger Mike Segrest had a commanding advantage over incumbent Jeremy Duerr by a 60-40 margin.

Voters here also heavily favored Amendment 1, which calls for a $800 million statewide bond issue to generate funds for state parks. The county voted 66 percent to 34 percent in favor of the measure.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Rogers dominated opponent Michael T. Joiner by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin. Local state senator Randy Price put up similar numbers, outpacing John Allen Coker 72 percent to 28 percent.

Of the 3,701 ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary, 3,365 – or just over 90 percent – were Republican tickets.

In the Democrat primary for governor, Yolanda Rochelle Flowers drew 57.5 percent of the county’s vote. In the U.S Senate race on the Democrat side, Will Boyd led the way with nearly 68 percent of the vote here.

If a runoff is needed in any of Tuesday’s primary races, that election will take place June 21. The general election will be November 8.


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