Alabama elections, 2014

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Alabama on November 4, 2014. All of Alabama's executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of Alabama's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives.

Primary elections were held on June 3, 2014 for offices that need to nominate candidates. Primary runoffs, necessary if no candidate won a majority of the vote, were held on 15 July.

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Republican Governor Robert J. Bentley, who has served in the office since January 17, 2011, ran for re-election to a second term as Governor.[1]

He defeated former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George and retired software company owner and candidate for Mayor of Scottsboro in 2012 Bob Starkey in the Republican primary.[1]

In the Democratic primary, former U.S. Representative Parker Griffith defeated businessman and former professional baseball player Kevin Bass.[1]

Bentley defeated Griffith in the general election by a landslide.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In Alabama, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected separately. Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey, who has served in the office since January 17, 2011, ran for re-election to a second term.[1]

Pastor and conservative activist Stan Cooke also ran in the Republican primary.[1]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kay
Ivey
Stan
Cooke
Undecided
Cygnal May 29–30, 2014 1,217 ± 2.81% 57.9% 32.4% 9.7%
Cygnal May 19–20, 2014 1,324 ± 2.69% 35.1% 17.6% 47.3%
Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (Incumbent) 257,588 61.68
Republican Stan Cooke 160,023 38.32
Total votes 417,611 100

Former State Representative James C. Fields was the only Democrat running for the office.[1] Scott Ninesling, a fire chief and emergency response supervisor for a liquefied natural gas plant in Angola, had declared his candidacy, but he withdrew before the filing deadline.[3]

Alabama lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kay Ivey (Incumbent) 738,090 63.23
Democratic James C. Fields 428,007 36.67
Write-ins Other 1,146 0.1
Total votes 1,167,243 100
Republican hold

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Luther Strange, who has served in the office since January 17, 2011, ran for re-election to a second term.[1]

He was unopposed in the Republican primary. State Representative Joe Hubbard, the great-grandson of former U.S. Senator J. Lister Hill, was the only Democrat running for the office.

Alabama Attorney General election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange (Incumbent) 681,973 58.39
Democratic Joe Hubbard 483,771 41.42
Write-ins Other 2,157 0.18
Total votes 1,167,901 100
Republican hold

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State James R. Bennett, who has served in the office since July 31, 2013, did not run for re-election, per the terms of his appointment.[1] Bennett, who had previously served as Secretary of State from 1993 to 2003, was appointed to the office following the resignation of Beth Chapman.

Running in the Republican primary were former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney, State Representative John Merrill, and Crenshaw County Probate Judge James Perdue.[1]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Reese
McKinney
John
Merrill
James
Perdue
Undecided
Cygnal May 29–30, 2014 1,217 ± 2.81% 20.6% 19.3% 17.1% 43%
Cygnal May 19–20, 2014 1,324 ± 2.69% 11.5% 8.5% 8.9% 71.1%
Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Merrill 143,960 39.57
Republican Reese McKinney 139,763 38.42
Republican Jim Perdue 80,050 22.01
Total votes 363,773 100
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Reese
McKinney
John
Merrill
Undecided
Cygnal July 7–8, 2014 821 ± 3.42% 23% 24.2% 52.8%
Republican primary runoff results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Merrill 108,664 53.14
Republican Reese McKinney 95,808 46.86
Total votes 204,472 100

The only Democrat running was Lula Albert-Kaigler, a retired self-employed worker and candidate for Alabama's 1st congressional district in 2013.[1]

Alabama Secretary of State election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Merrill 733,298 64.27
Democratic Lula Albert-Kaigler 406,373 35.62
Write-ins Other 1,271 0.11
Total votes 1,140,942 100
Republican hold

State Auditor[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Samantha Shaw, who has served in the office since January 15, 2007, is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election to a third term.[1]

Four Republicans ran for their party's nomination: farmer and candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in 2010 Dale Peterson, former Deputy Conservation Commissioner Hobbie Sealy, Secretary of State aide Adam Thompson, and former Public Service Commissioner Jim Zeigler.[1] Attorney Ray Bryan had been running on a platform of abolishing the office,[6] but he was disqualified from the ballot by the Alabama Republican Party for missing the deadline to file a financial statement with the Alabama Ethics Commission. He considered running as an Independent, but decided against it.[7]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dale
Peterson
Hobbie
Sealy
Adam
Thompson
Jim
Zeigler
Undecided
Cygnal May 29–30, 2014 1,217 ± 2.81% 16.5% 5.3% 9.8% 23.7% 44.7%
Cygnal May 19–20, 2014 1,324 ± 2.69% 11.1% 3.4% 4.7% 20.2% 60.6%
Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Zeigler 164,002 47.07
Republican Dale Peterson 84,828 24.35
Republican Adam Thompson 64,688 18.57
Republican Hobbie Sealy 34,910 10.02
Total votes 348,428 100
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dale
Peterson
Jim
Zeigler
Undecided
Cygnal July 7–8, 2014 821 ± 3.42% 21.5% 30.5% 48%
Republican primary runoff results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Zeigler 131,543 64.92
Republican Dale Peterson 71,085 35.08
Total votes 202,628 100

The only Democrat running was Miranda Joseph, the nominee for State Auditor in 2010.[1]

Alabama State Auditor election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Zeigler 716,122 62.93
Democratic Miranda Joseph 420,843 36.98
Write-ins Other 1,010 0.09
Total votes 1,137,975 100
Republican hold

State Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Treasurer Young Boozer, who has served in the office since January 17, 2011, is running for re-election to a second term.[1]

Boozer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Democrat Joe Cottle, a lobbyist for the Alabama Education Association, had been running, but withdrew from the race.[1]

Alabama State Treasurer election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Young Boozer 748,876 98.01
Write-ins Other 15,224 1.99
Total votes 764,100 100
Republican hold

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries[edit]

Incumbent Republican Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, who has served in the office since January 17, 2011, is running for re-election to a second term.[1]

McMillan was unopposed in the Republican primary. The only Democrat running is Doug "New Blue" Smith.[1]

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John McMillan 734,428 64.67
Democratic Doug "New Blue" Smith 400,299 35.25
Write-ins Other 970 0.09
Total votes 1,135,697 100
Republican hold

Public Service Commission[edit]

Both of the Associate Commissioners on the Alabama Public Service Commission are up for election. Republican Jeremy Oden, who was appointed to the Commission by Governor Bentley in December 2012, is running for election to a first full term. Republican Terry L. Dunn, who was first elected in 2010, is running for re-election to a second term.[1]

Oden was challenged in the Republican primary by Kathy Peterson, the wife of Dale Peterson and a candidate for Public Service Commission in 2012. No Democrat filed to run.[1]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jeremy
Oden
Kathy
Peterson
Undecided
Cygnal May 29–30, 2014 1,217 ± 2.81% 35.5% 25.6% 38.9%
Cygnal May 19–20, 2014 1,324 ± 2.69% 19.8% 16.5% 63.7%
PSC Place 1 Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeremy Oden 188,971 52.39
Republican Kathy Peterson 171,755 47.61
Total votes 360,726 100
Alabama PSC Place 1 election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeremy Oden 735,298 98
Write-ins Other 15,043 2
Total votes 750,341 100
Republican hold

Dunn faced three opponents in the Republican primary: Jonathan Barbee, former interim press secretary for the Alabama Republican Party; Chris "Chip" Beeker, former Greene County Commissioner; and Phillip Brown, the Chairman of the Alabama Minority GOP. No Democrat filed to run.[1]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Terry L.
Dunn
Jonathan
Barbee
Chris "Chip"
Beeker
Phillip
Brown
Undecided
Cygnal May 29–30, 2014 1,217 ± 2.81% 13.4% 11.6% 22.7% 7.2% 45.2%
Cygnal May 19–20, 2014 1,324 ± 2.69% 9.8% 6.2% 16.9% 4.6% 62.5%
PSC Place 2 Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris "Chip" Beeker 133,606 39.01
Republican Terry L. Dunn 111,404 32.53
Republican Jonathan Barbee 54,341 15.87
Republican Phillip Brown 43,097 12.58
Total votes 342,448 100
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Terry L.
Dunn
Chris "Chip"
Beeker
Undecided
Cygnal July 7–8, 2014 821 ± 3.42% 22.4% 30.8% 46.8%
Republican primary runoff results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris "Chip" Beeker 119,041 59.34
Republican Terry L. Dunn 81,563 40.66
Total votes 200,604 100
Alabama PSC Place 2 election, 2014[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris "Chip" Beeker 735,957 97.99
Write-ins Other 15,094 2.01
Total votes 751,051 100
Republican hold

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Republican Senator Jeff Sessions ran for re-election to a fourth term. No other candidates filed before the deadline and so he was unopposed in the primary and general elections.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Alabama's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "List of candidates for major Alabama offices". ABC 3340. February 8, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Official Alabama Secretary of State Results
  3. ^ "Democrat Ninesling running for lieutenant governor". Tuscaloosa News. July 16, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Certified General Election Results" (PDF). Alabama Secretary of State. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Alabama Runoff Results". Al.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Candidate for Alabama auditor seeks to abolish auditor's office". al.com. June 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Juanta Coffman (February 26, 2014). "State auditor candidate to sit out 2014". ABC3340. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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