Byrne leads Shelby County Republican straw poll

Bradley Byrne led a recent Shelby County Republican straw poll, taking 160 out of 276 gubernatorial votes. His closest competitor was Tim James, who held 52 votes.

The poll, sponsored by the Shelby County GOP and the Campaign for Liberty in Alabama, was held May 8 at Veterans Park in Hoover.

Byrne and James led the gubernatorial pack, with Roy Moore garnering 29 votes, Robert Bentley getting 24 votes and Bill Johnson with 11 votes.

Hank Erwin garnered 146 votes in the lieutenant governor race, beating out Kay Ivey, who got 105 votes, and Gene Ponder, who received 17 votes.

Richard Shelby received 207 votes in the U.S. Senate race, 150 more than N.C. “Clint” Moser’s tally of 57.

For attorney general, Luther Strange received 223 votes while incumbent Troy King notched 46.

George C. Wallace Jr. tallied 156 votes in the state treasurer match-up, beating out Young Boozer’s 107 votes.

In the race for Place 2 on the Supreme Court, Michael F. “Mike” Bolin garnered 201 votes while Tracy W. Cary got 24. For Place 3 on the Supreme Court, Eric Johnston led his opponents with 118 votes. Tom Parker received 85, while James R. Houts took 20.

In the commissioner of agriculture race, Dorman Grace won a close three-way race with 95 votes. Dale Peterson came in second with 81 votes and John McMillan came in thired with 70 votes.

For the Place 1 seat on the Public Service Commission, Chris “Chip” Beeker held 119 votes to narrowly edge Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who had 113 votes. Stephen Evans also notched 10 votes.

For the Place 2 seat on the Public Service Commission, Chip Brown received 138 votes to beat out Terry Dunn, who got 68 votes.