How did Shelby County vote in the statewide primaries?

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shelby County saw a 25.35 percent voter turnout during the statewide primary elections on Tuesday, June 5. Out of the 145,244 registered voters in the county, a total of 36,816 ballots were cast.

Forty-four out of the 45 precincts submitted results. There were 58 provisional ballots in the county, which will be certified next week.

Out of the county’s 36,816 votes, a total of 29,682, or 80.62, percent, were cast on the Republican ballot and 7,134 were cast on the Democratic ballot, which equals to 19.88 percent. The county’s unofficial results are similar to the overall statewide executive office results.

In the Republican gubernatorial primary, incumbent state Gov. Kay Ivey received 48.63 percent Republican Shelby County votes. Ivey defeated candidates Tommy Battle, Scott Dawson, Bill Hightower and Michael McAllister.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox received 62.9 percent of Democratic Shelby County votes, defeating candidates Sue Bell Cobb, Christopher A. Countryman, James C. Fields Jr., Doug “New Blue” Smith and Anthony White.

Ivey and Maddox will oppose each other in the November general election.

Alabama Lieutenant Governor candidate Will Ainsworth received 42.93 percent of Republican votes and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh received 37.29 percent. Ainsworth and Cavanaugh will face each other in a July runoff election, and the winner will face Democratic Will Boyd in November.

Republican State Attorney General candidate Steve Marshall and Democratic Attorney General candidate Joseph Siegelman both received the majority of the county’s votes. Marshall and candidate Troy King will face off in the runoff and the winner will run for the seat against Siegelman during the general election.

Incumbent Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill received 79.04 percent of Shelby County votes, and will run against Democratic Secretary of State primary winner Heather Milam, who received 68.32 percent of local democratic votes.

Current Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan received 55.26 percent of local Republican votes in the primary election for the seat of state treasurer and will not face Democratic opposition in the general election.

Republican State Agricultural candidate Rick Pate received 51.76 percent of local votes. Pate will compete with candidate Gerald Dial for the office in the runoff election, and the winner will not face opposition during the general elections.

Incumbent State Auditor Jim Ziegler received 51.76 percent of the county’s Republican votes. Democratic State Auditor candidate Miranda Joseph ran unopposed in the primary. Ziegler will run for re-election against Joseph in November.