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Special Report: Primary Election Run-offs & Updated Statewide Health Order

PRIMARY ELECTION RUN-OFFS

The Primary Election Runoffs for a U.S. Senate seat, Congressional District 1, Congressional District 2 and a seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals were held yesterday, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Former Auburn Football Coach, Tommy Tuberville decisively bested former U. S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the race to be the Republican nominee against incumbent U. S. Senator Doug Jones (D) in November. Notably, President Trump, who was personally-motivated to work against Sessions due to their fallout following Attorney General Sessions’ recusal from the Russian-collusion investigation, weighed in to promote Tuberville. The resulting momentum from Trump coupled with endorsements by the Alabama Farmers’ Federation (made prior to Sessions entering the race) and Club for Growth, culminated with Tuberville garnering 61 percent of the vote.

The primary runoffs for the Republican and Democratic nominations for Congressional District 1 leave fellow Mobilians Jerry Carl (R) and James Everhart (D) to face off in November. Carl beat former State Senator Bill Hightower by approximately 4,000 votes. Hightower was endorsed by Club for Growth, while business groups endorsed Carl, who currently serves in the Mobile County Commission.

The Republican nominee for Congressional District 2 is former State Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise. He faces Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall in November. Moore, endorsed by Club for Growth, defeated businessman Jeff Coleman (backed by the Alabama Farmers’ Federation and the Business Council is Alabama) by a wide margin despite coming in second to Coleman in the initial primary. The race turned ugly over the last few weeks as Club for Growth covered the district with negative mailers attacking Coleman on a daily basis. 

Incumbent Criminal Court of Appeals Judge Beth Kellum successfully defended her seat from Will Smith and will serve another term.

COVID - 19 UPDATE

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, 2020 the Statewide Health Order will be updated to require people to wear a mask in public. This applies to children ages six years old and older. In a press conference today, July 15, 2020, Gov. Ivey indicated that the infection rate is increasing rapidly and this additional action is warranted to emphasize the use of masks to slow down community spread. Read the Governor’s Proclamation and the Order of the State Health Officer here.

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