AL Gov. Kay Ivey visits Auburn ahead of primary election

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  In less than 24 hours, voters in Alabama will be heading to the polls to take the first step in deciding leadership in the government.

Today, the Alabama governor made one of six stops in Auburn at the Auburn University Regional Airport while her opponent also made last minute strides for the nomination.

Secretary of State John Merrill projects voter turnout of 25 to 30 percent in Tuesday's primary, which would mean between 845,000 to just over a million of the state's registered voters will turn out.

Ivey continues to tout her recruitment of jobs to Alabama.  In Auburn, her administration scored a $12 million investment with Briggs and Stratton along with new jobs.

Ivey's opponent, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, said some of the issues he is looking to tackle include providing funding and resources for law enforcement to protect local communities along with wanting the people of Alabama to vote for a statewide lottery.

"My campaign staff has me busy all the way through this evening. Then starting tomorrow, we start about seven in the morning with voting and then we go across all the media markets tomorrow. We will be busy all the way up until the time those polls close," said Battle while in Huntsville on Monday.

On the other end of things,  six Democrats will be on the ballot:  Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of Alabama Supreme Court,  Minister and former State Representative James Fields,  long-time Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, marriage equality activist Christopher Countryman, businessman Doug Smith and Army veteran and minister Anthony White.

Democrats are hoping the momentum from Senator Doug Jones' victory will spill over to the governor's race. In the meantime, Republicans hope to hold their spot. The general election will be on Nov. 6, but before then, voters will hit the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday.

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