Summertime is sometimes a political quiet time in the United States, but 2018 Alabama primary runoffs day is July 17.
Voters on both the Republican and Democratic side in The Yellowhammer State will choose their November candidates in a variety of races. Most action seems to be on the GOP ballot, in which we have major state and federal offices. The Democrats have mostly local-level races up for grabs on Tuesday.
2018 Alabama Primary Runoffs: Republicans
Alabama Republicans have a number of runoffs in which to vote, even at the statewide level. The most high-profile non-federal races are the lieutenant governor and attorney general elections.
Running for the vacant post of lieutenant governor are Will Ainsworth and Twinkle Cavanaugh. Ainsworth is a state representative from Guntersville, representing District 27. He is running against Twinkle — yes, Twinkle — Cavanaugh. Before you ask the question, Brett Kavanaugh spells it with a “K.” She is the president of Alabama’s Public Service Commission and was formerly chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party. Of course this race is getting nasty. Whomever wins will draw Will Boyd (D) in the general election.
The attorney general’s race features an incumbent, Steve Marshall (R). He is running against the state’s former attorney general, Troy King (R). The victor in the runoff takes on Joseph Siegelman (D), the son of Alabama’s last Democratic governor, Don Siegelman.
Political junkies will be watching the runoff in the 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Martha Roby (R) is in a tough battle with the man she beat when he was a Democrat, former Rep. Bobby Bright. Donald Trump waded into this race endorsing Roby, whereas she did not support Trump in 2016. More accurately, she unendorsed Trump after the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Tabitha Isner is the Democratic candidate waiting for the winner. Republicans are expected to retain the seat in November regardless.
Republicans also get the chance to vote for a Supreme Court nominee, the state agriculture commissioner, and numerous state legislative and judicial posts.
2018 Alabama Primary Runoffs: Democrats
On the Democratic side, there are no state or federal-level races. There are two State Senate runoffs and five State House runoffs, as well as several judicial elections.