Ivey declares victory over 8 GOP primary opponents

Incumbent Kay Ivey is declaring victory over eight rivals in the Republican primary race for...
Incumbent Kay Ivey is declaring victory over eight rivals in the Republican primary race for Alabama governor.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 11:35 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2022 at 12:15 AM EDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is declaring victory over eight opponents who had sought to unseat her during Tuesday’s Republican primary race.

“Y’all, we did it!” she declared as she stepped onto the stage at her campaign headquarters.

Ivey avoided a runoff with more than 55% of the unofficial vote tallied so far. The governor’s closest GOP challenger was businesswoman and former U.S. ambassador to Slovenia, Lindy Blanchard, who took nearly 20% of the vote.

Ivey has served as governor since 2017 when she assumed the office following the resignation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

Ivey won the office outright in 2018 and is moving on to the general election in November where she expects to win a second full term against her as-of-yet undetermined Democratic opponent.

The Associated Press reports Democrats Yolanda Flowers and Malika Sanders-Fortier will face each other in a runoff set for June 21.

Blanchard said that competing in the primary was worth it despite the loss.

“I’ve learned that the people of this state are great and that politics can be crazy, but it’s worth it, and as long as your still having fun, just keep moving forward,” Blanchard said. “We all want the same thing for our state we love our state we just want to accomplish it in different ways, but I mean, I love Alabama, I love the people, and I look forward to whatever God has planned for next.”

Tim James said that elections are what America is about.

“I called the governor about 10 minutes ago and wished her the very best and congratulated her on this race. She did a great job. And I told her that I wish the very best for her in this administration, and Godspeed to her, and we should pray for her as well in every decision that she makes going forward. That’s what this is all about,” James said.

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