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2018 Alabama gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kay Ivey Walter Maddox
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,022,457 694,495
Percentage 59.5% 40.4%

Alabama gubernatorial election, 2018.svg
County Results

Ivey:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Maddox:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Kay Ivey
Republican

Elected Governor

Kay Ivey
Republican

The 2018 Alabama gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Alabama. Incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who took office on April 10, 2017, upon the resignation of Governor Robert Bentley, ran for election to a full term and won over Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox. [1] Ivey will be sworn into office on January 14, 2019. This is the first gubernatorial election since 2002 in which a Democrat won Tuscaloosa County and the first since 1990 in which neighboring Pickens County voted for a different candidate than Tuscaloosa.

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Scott Dawson
Politicians
Individuals
Organizations
  • BamaCarry, Alabama's Largest Second Amendment Rights Group
  • Alabama Republican Assembly
Kay Ivey
Politicians
  • State Sen. Del Marsh. (R-Anniston), President pro tempore of the Alabama Senate
  • State Sen. Greg Reed, (R-Jasper), Majority Leader of the Alabama Senate
  • State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Range)
  • State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville)
  • State Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba)
  • State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville)
  • State Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence)
  • State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur)
  • State Sen. Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville)
  • State Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville)
  • State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills)
  • State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster)
  • State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City)
  • Rep. Alan Baker (R-Brewton)
  • Rep. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City)
  • Rep. Alan Booth (R-Troy)
  • Rep. K.L. Brown (R-Jacksonville)
  • Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva)
  • Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark)
  • Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur)
  • Rep. Danny Crawford (R-Athens)
  • Rep. Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana)
  • Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook)
  • Rep. Joe Faust (R-Fairhope)
  • Rep. Bob Fincher (R-Woodland)
  • Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville)
  • Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville)
  • Rep. Alan Harper (R-Northport)
  • Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford)
  • Rep. Reed Ingram (R-Montgomery)
  • Rep. Ken Johnson (R-Moulton)
  • Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville)
  • Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan)
  • Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn)
  • Rep. Steve McMillan (R-Bay Minette)
  • Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden)
  • Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen)
  • Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa)
  • Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile)
  • Rep. Kerry Rich (R-Guntersville)
  • Rep. Chris Sells (R-Evergreen)
  • Rep. Randall Shedd (R-Cullman)
  • Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden)
  • Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris)
  • Rep. Randy Wood (R-Anniston)
Individuals
Organizations
  • Alabama Farmers Federation
Tommy Battle
Individuals

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tommy
Battle
Scott
Dawson
Bill
Hightower
Kay
Ivey
Undecided
The Tarrance Group (R-Ivey) May 20–22, 2018 602 ± 4.1% 18% 7% 5% 58% 12%
Leverage Public Strategies April 23–30, 2018 600 ± 3.9% 11% 9% 4% 47% 30%
The Tarrance Group (R-Ivey) August 28–30, 2017 601 ± 4.1% 11% 3% 66% 16%

Results

Results by county:
Republican primary results [41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (incumbent) 330,743 56.1%
Republican Tommy Battle 146,887 24.9%
Republican Scott Dawson 79,302 13.5%
Republican Bill Hightower 29,275 5.0%
Republican Michael McAllister 3,326 0.6%
Total votes 589,533 100.0%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Sue Bell Cobb
Politicians
  • Thomas Parchman III, candidate for Jefferson County Circuit Clerk
Individuals
  • James T. Stephens, Chairman of EBSCO Industries
  • Lilly Ledbetter [55]
  • Billy Jones, President of Crowne Healthcare [56]
  • Suzanne Durham, former CEO of YMCA Birmingham [57]
  • J. Norman Baldwin, Author and Professor of Political Science at University of Alabama [58]
  • Ruth Harrell, former president of the Alabama State Nurses Association [59]
  • Joanne Shum, Director of Alabama HIPPY [60]
  • Kelley Parris, Director of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County
  • Mark Johnston, former candidate for Governor of Alabama
  • John A. Pickens, Former Executive Director of Alabama Appleseed Center
  • Miah Jackson, Councilwoman for Selma, Alabama
  • Frannie James, Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Director
  • Wade Chapman, student activist
  • Quincy Hall, Equality Alabama Board of Directors President
  • Josh Coleman, Central Alabama Pride
  • Sue Thompson, activist
  • Lonnie Malone, Executive Director of The Effective Family Inc.
Organizations
  • Alabama Progressive Democratic Alliance
James Fields
Unions
Christopher A. Countryman
Organizations
  • Madison County Our Revolution of Madison County, Alabama
  • Millions For Medicare of Alabama
  • Alabama Internet Democrats
  • Alabama United
  • Power House of Montgomery, Alabama
Individuals
  • Bev Cowling, Director of Madison County Our Revolution of Madison County, Alabama
  • Cortney Brown, Successful business woman of Huntsville, Alabama
  • Mia Raven, Director of Power House of Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jeni Tanner-Jordan, Former President of The Greater Birmingham Chapter of The National Organization For Women of Birmingham, Alabama
  • John Harrison, Successful minister and human rights advocate of Birmingham, Alabama
Walt Maddox
Politicians
Individuals
  • Bren Riley, Alabama AFL-CIO President [70]
  • Shelia Hocutt Remington, former Alabama Education Association President [71]
  • Pat Edington, former Vice Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party
  • Richard Allen Smith, MSNBC contributor and former staffer at the Department of Veteran Affairs [72]
  • Zac McCrary, Democratic pollster
  • Alex McDaniel, Editorial director of Oxford Eagle and Oxford Magazine.
  • Tom Ksobiech, Associate Dean at University of Alabama Law School
  • Jim Page, President of West Alabama Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Quillen, President of IBEW 558 [73]
  • Sarah Patterson, former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide women's gymnastics team
  • Lars Anderson, Reporter for The Athletic
  • Jack Jacobs, UMWA Chairman
  • Bob Vance, Circuit Court Judge
  • Kurt Thomas, UAB Track and Field Head Coach
  • Charles Morgan, Alabama Restaurateur [62]
  • Brandon Hamner, President of United Steelworkers Local 351
  • Elliot Maisel, Chairman of the Mobile Airport Authority
  • Steven Reed, Montgomery County Probate Judge
Organizations
Newspapers

Results

Results by county:
Democratic primary results [77]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walt Maddox 154,559 54.6%
Democratic Sue Bell Cobb 82,043 29.0%
Democratic James Fields 22,635 8.0%
Democratic Anthony White 9,677 3.4%
Democratic Doug "New Blue" Smith 9,244 3.3%
Democratic Christopher Countryman 4,923 1.7%
Total votes 283,081 100.0%

Independents

Candidates

Declared

  • Tony Hewitt, Jr., police officer [78]
  • Eric Lathan, security guard, Iraq War veteran and candidate for the Jefferson County Commission in 2010 [79]

Declined

  • Mark Johnston, pastor, businessman and summer camp executive director [80] [81] [82] [83]

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report [84] Solid R September 28, 2018
The Washington Post [85] Safe R October 16, 2018
FiveThirtyEight [86] Solid R October 17, 2018
Rothenberg Political Report [87] Solid R September 28, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball [88] Safe R September 20, 2018
RealClearPolitics [89] Safe R October 9, 2018
Daily Kos [90] Safe R September 28, 2018
Fox News [91] [a] Likely R October 9, 2018
Politico [92] Solid R October 9, 2018
Governing [93] Safe R October 2, 2018

Endorsements

Christopher A. Countryman
Organizations
  • Madison County Our Revolution of Madison County, Alabama
  • Millions For Medicare of Alabama
  • Alabama Internet Democrats
  • Alabama United
  • Power House of Montgomery, Alabama
Individuals
  • Bev Cowling, Director of Madison County Our Revolution of Madison County, Alabama
  • Cortney Brown, Successful business woman of Huntsville, Alabama
  • Mia Raven, Director of Power House of Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jeni Tanner-Jordan, Former President of The Greater Birmingham Chapter of The National Organization For Women of Birmingham, Alabama
  • John Harrison, Successful minister and human rights advocate of Birmingham, Alabama
Walt Maddox
Federal officials
Local and state politicians
Individuals
  • Bren Riley, Alabama AFL-CIO President [70]
  • Shelia Hocutt Remington, former Alabama Education Association President [71]
  • Pat Edington, former Vice Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party
  • Richard Allen Smith, MSNBC contributor and former staffer at the Department of Veteran Affairs [72]
  • Zac McCrary, Democratic pollster
  • Alex McDaniel, Editorial director of Oxford Eagle and Oxford Magazine.
  • Tom Ksobiech, Associate Dean at University of Alabama Law School
  • Jim Page, President of West Alabama Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Quillen, President of IBEW 558 [73]
  • Sarah Patterson, former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide women's gymnastics team
  • Lars Anderson, Reporter for The Athletic
  • Jack Jacobs, UMWA Chairman
  • Bob Vance, Circuit Court Judge
  • Kurt Thomas, UAB Track and Field Head Coach
  • Charles Morgan, Alabama Restaurateur [62]
  • Brandon Hamner, President of United Steelworkers Local 351
  • Elliot Maisel, Chairman of the Mobile Airport Authority
  • Steven Reed, Montgomery County Probate Judge
  • Marc Torrence, Reporter for Patch Media
  • Jim Stovall, American writer best known for his bestselling novel The Ultimate Gift. [95]
Organizations
Newspapers
Kay Ivey
Politicians
  • State Sen. Del Marsh. (R-Anniston), President pro tempore of the Alabama Senate
  • State Sen. Greg Reed, (R-Jasper), Majority Leader of the Alabama Senate
  • State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Range)
  • State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville)
  • State Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba)
  • State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville)
  • State Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence)
  • State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur)
  • State Sen. Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville)
  • State Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville)
  • State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills)
  • State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster)
  • State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City)
  • Rep. Alan Baker (R-Brewton)
  • Rep. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City)
  • Rep. Alan Booth (R-Troy)
  • Rep. K.L. Brown (R-Jacksonville)
  • Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva)
  • Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark)
  • Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur)
  • Rep. Danny Crawford (R-Athens)
  • Rep. Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana)
  • Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook)
  • Rep. Joe Faust (R-Fairhope)
  • Rep. Bob Fincher (R-Woodland)
  • Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville)
  • Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville)
  • Rep. Alan Harper (R-Northport)
  • Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford)
  • Rep. Reed Ingram (R-Montgomery)
  • Rep. Ken Johnson (R-Moulton)
  • Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville)
  • Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan)
  • Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn)
  • Rep. Steve McMillan (R-Bay Minette)
  • Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden)
  • Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen)
  • Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa)
  • Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile)
  • Rep. Kerry Rich (R-Guntersville)
  • Rep. Chris Sells (R-Evergreen)
  • Rep. Randall Shedd (R-Cullman)
  • Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden)
  • Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris)
  • Rep. Randy Wood (R-Anniston)
Individuals
Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Kay
Ivey (R)
Walt
Maddox (D)
Undecided
SurveyMonkey September 9–24, 2018 1,254 ± 3.8% 51% 26% 22%
Research Consultants (R-FarmPAC) September 22, 2018 316 ± 5.5% 58% 38% 4%
Cygnal (R) July 24–25, 2018 1,027 ± 3.1% 56% 42% 3%
Neighborhood Research Corporation (R) June 12–14 and 18–21, 2018 440 ± 4.4% 53% 28%

Results

Alabama gubernatorial election, 2018 [100]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kay Ivey (incumbent) 1,022,457 59.46% -4.10%
Democratic Walt Maddox 694,495 40.39% +4.15%
n/a Write-ins 2,637 0.15% -0.05%
Total votes 1,719,589 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Fox News Midterm Power Rankings uniquely does not contain a category for Safe/Solid races

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External links

Official gubernatorial campaign websites