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The runoffs in the 2018 Primary Election were held yesterday. Last night was full of surprises, including an underdog’s breakthrough in the Lieutenant Governor’s race. Further, the widest margins of victory were seen in races where the incumbent faced an opponent who had previously held the office. Steve Marshall had a 24% margin of victory in what many predicted to be a very close Attorney General’s race, while Congressman Martha Roby (R—AL) beat former Congressman Bobby Bright by 36 points.
Turnout is always an issue for a runoff, but with the Republican nominations for Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor still undetermined, voters have little reason to be indifferent. Additionally, there will be a Republican runoff in the race for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, where Congressman Martha Roby (R—AL) faces her predecessor, former Congressman Bobby Bright, whom Roby ousted in 2010. Bright has changed parties and launched a campaign premised on his support for President Trump, aimed at emphasizing Roby’s lack thereof. However, President Trump has endorsed Roby and been critical of Bright, which has curbed his campaign’s momentum. The report compiled below provides a summary of each runoff race.
Primary elections for statewide constitutional offices, state appellate court seats, and all contested legislative seats were held June 5, 2018. The report complied below provides a summary of each race in isolation.