MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was elected to a full term as governor after running a campaign that emphasized the state’s recovering economy.
The 74-year-old Republican defeated Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox as Republicans dashed Democrats’ hopes of making gains in the deeply red state.
Ivey said voters have spoken “loud and clear.”
Ivey is the state’s second female governor and the first Republican woman elected to the position. In her victory speech, she thanked supporters for helping her campaign make history.
Ivey took over as governor 19 months ago when then-Gov. Robert Bentley, resigned in the fallout of an alleged relationship with an aide.
Maddox ran on a campaign of Medicaid expansion and starting a state lottery. He told supporters they started a conversation about the state’s future.
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