Contested Races in Twin States

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

100% Clarke County Election Comm. Dist. 5
xHayes, Juanita R 1,134 78%
Campbell, Gloria Ind 324 22%

100% Clarke County Enterprise School Dist.
xIrby, Lynn 977 53%
Mosley, Billy 677 37%
King, Mary 141 8%
Stanley, Deborah 42 2%

100% Kemper County Election Comm. Dist. 5
xCole, Christopher D 564
Sanders, Barbara R 407

Kemper County circuit clerk, Roma Allen, said early Wednesday morning that the counting of votes was delayed there due to numerous overvotes in the presidential election. She said some voters marked candidates for president from each of the parties represented on the ballot.

Voters should have marked only one set of candidates. Seven parties were listed, along with the names of each candidate and their vice-presidential runningmates.

The overvotes made it impossible for the election commission to determine the voter's intent, so the votes for president on those ballots could not be tallied. However, votes in other races on the ballot, where multiple candidates were not marked were counted, Allen said.

100% Kemper County School Board Dist. 1
Cross Sr., Charles 370
Fuller, James 320
Little, Cynthia 83

100% Kemper County School Board Dist. 2
Lloyd, Jay 440
xLove, Abner 552

100% Newton County Election Comm. Dist. 4
xCrosby, Faye 1,245 59%
Horne, John 882 41%

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby was reelected to a fourth term in Tuesday's voting. He defeated underfunded and little-known Democratic challenger Wayne Sowell.

Sowell was the first black to win a major party nomination in a U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

With 96 percent of the vote counted, Shelby had 68 percent to 32 percent for Sowell.

Shelby is a Republican from Tuscaloosa. The 70-year-old Shelby promised he would have an ambitious agenda over the next six years in the Senate.

Alabama's congressional delegation will remain unchanged for the next two years. Six heavily favored incumbents won new terms Tuesday and a seventh incumbent won without opposition.

Democratic Representatives Artur Davis and Bud Cramer and GOP Representatives Robert Aderholt, Terry Everett, Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers won reelection easily.

Republican U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus did not face opposition. Rogers was expected to face the toughest challenge in the Third District in east Alabama. But he easily defeated former Department of Human Resources Commissioner Bill Fuller.

Rogers received 61 percent to 39 percent for Fuller, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

An effort to rid Alabama's Constitution of segregation-era language appears to be losing by a slim margin after critics raised concerns that it could lead to a court-ordered tax increase for public schools.

Gov. Bob Riley said if the amendment fails, he will offer a reworked version that would eliminate the tax question.

Sheila McLain contributed to this report.


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