Sumter County, Ala., had around 34 percent voter turnout for Tuesday primary elections.
14 of 15 Precincts
Christobel J. Smith 1,205
Annie Ruth Wilson 1,439
Board of Education-District 3
4 of 5 Precincts
Julene Ruffin Delaine 341
Roscoe Tucker 196
Board of Education-District 6
2 of 3 Precincts
Annie P. Luke 369
Terry Peeler 227
Choctaw County, Ala., had a voter turnout of just over 26 percent in Tuesday's primaries.
County Commission-District 1
7 of 8 Precincts
Tony L. Cherry 249*
Jesse Dixon, Jr. 121
Ronnie Gibson 159
Terry Long 118
Oliver Sealy 243*
Kent H. Sparrow 194
County Commission-District 3
11 02 12 Precincts
John Beard 351*
Clyde Ray Dixon 330
Gary Doggett 358*
State Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery and state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocumb will face each other in a Republican primary runoff for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The winner of the July 15 runoff will face Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright in the general election. Bright easily won the Democratic nomination to give his party a strong candidate for an open seat held by the GOP since 1964. Love led the Republican primary field and Smith narrowly edged Craig Schmidtke to make the runoff. Love and Smith are hoping to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Terry Everett, who has held the seat since 1993.
In north Alabama's 5th District, where a veteran Democrat is retiring, state Sen. Parker Griffith easily won the Democratic Party nomination. Republican Wayne Parker led the GOP field but faces a runoff against Cheryl Baswell Guthrie.
In the 4th Congressional District, Jasper attorney Nicholas Sparks defeated Greg Warren of Nauvoo. Sparks will face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville in the general election.
Incumbent Jeff Sessions and state Senator Vivian Davis Figures will square off for Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. Sessions easily won renomination in Alabama's Republican primary last night. Figures captured the Democratic nomination to oppose him. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Sessions had 92 percent of the votes while going against retired postal worker Earl Mack Gavin. Sessions followed the primary from Washington and says he is honored to be nominated for a third term.
Figures out-polled Johnny Swanson and Mark Townsend. She attributed her victory to crisscrossing the state in a low-budget, grassroots campaign on her days off the Legislature this spring.
Political scientist William Stewart says the victories of Sessions and Figures was hardly a surprise. He says the campaign leading up to the general election in November will be much tougher for Figures because Sessions is popular in the state.
Republican incumbents Stephanie Bell and Randy McKinney won their party's nomination for the state school board. The two thwarted what they both claimed was an attempted sneak attack by closet Democrats in Tuesday's primaries.
Bell, of Montgomery, out-polled challenger Skip Smithwick of Sylacauga in her bid to keep the District 3 seat she's held since 1994. District 1 representative Randy McKinney beat well-funded challenger Paul Christopher of Mobile.
Haleyville's Gary Warren defeated his opponent for the District 7 seat, Brett Whitehead of Tuscaloosa. The District 7 seat is open for the first time in 14 years because Democrat Sandra Ray of Tuscaloosa decided not to seek re-election.
Three of the races for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals have been decided but a runoff will be needed for one race.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones won the Democratic nomination for Place 1. His Republican opponent will be determined by a runoff between appeals court staff attorney Beth Kellum and former Montgomery County District Judge Lucy McLemore. That will be held on July 15.
Montgomery attorney Aimee Cobb Smith captured the Democratic nomination for Place 2 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, and deputy attorney general Mary Windom won the Republican nomination for Place 2.
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has been forced into a runoff against Matt Chancey for the Republican nomination to lead the Public Service Commission.
Cavanaugh held a big lead in the three-candidate race Tuesday but didn't reach the 50 percent threshold to win outright. The runoff will be held July 15. The winner faces former Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley in the general election.