Alabama Voters Turn Out Strong

Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Ron Sparks are battling for the governor's office. All statewide offices are up for election. There are also four amendments on the ballot.

Turnout was described as strong through the day, despite the rain, especially in heavily Republican districts across the state.

As expected, turnout was brisk throughout the day at polls in west Alabama.

In Sumter County, two of the top local issues on the ballot were a one percent sales tax for schools and the vote for a new sheriff.

Both the Democratic candidate and write-in candidate for the office say they feel confident about their campaigns.

"The people have been very supportive and we're just going to wait until the end of the day and see how it goes," said Thomas Lewis, the write-in candidate.

"The voters have been very supportive of me," said Tyrone Clark, who won the Democratic nomination by defeating Lewis in the primary. "A lot of them don't understand why the write-in, but nevertheless we do have one and I think we will prevail again."

Many Sumter County voters are expressing interest in the race. Prior to the polls opening Tuesday morning, poll watchers in Livingston said people were lined up outside waiting to vote.

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