Republicans vying for 38th district State House nomination head to runoff

(WTVM) - Two Republican candidates who are looking to help lead District 38 in the State House will have to face off against one another one more time in a runoff.

Republican candidates Debbie Wood and Todd Rauch will go head-to-head in the July 17 runoff.

Candidate Bryan Murphy will be left out of this race after receiving fewer votes than Wood and Rauch.

They are battling to represent Lanett, Valley, Opelika, Smiths Station and Phenix City, among other cities.

The reason Wood and Rauch are headed to a runoff is both failed to earn the required 50% of the vote.

Wood claimed 47% of the vote, while Rauch received 41% of them.

They will now have to continue their campaigns for the Republican nomination as both try to advance to the general election in November.

Wood and Rauch both seem confident moving on to their next agenda.

"People have given up their time, their money, their prayers, you know everything to help me so I'm just excited for the results to come in," says Debbie Wood.

"We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, it was going to be a fight and that's what we've done every single day," says Todd Rauch. "We've knocked on over 4,000 doors within District 38, we've talked to people, we've been to events, we've been visible."

Wood is a Valley native and Rauch spent most of his life after serving in the military in Opelika.

Both candidates are looking to focus on advancing education.

View Alabama's full primary election results here.

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