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Hartselle Enquirer

County joins state in Riley, Baxley support

By Staff
Leada Gore, Hartselle Enquirer
Alabama voters sent two messages Tuesday: they love Lucy but they are pretty fond of Bob, too.
Gov. Bob Riley and Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley won their respective primaries Tuesday and will meet in the Nov. 7 general election. Riley handily defeated former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Alabama voters cast 306,373 ballots, or 66 percent, for Riley vs. 153,373, or 33 percent, for Moore.
Baxley defeated a slate of contenders including former governor Don Siegelman. Baxley garnered 278,292 votes, or 59 percent, to Siegelman's 168,773, or 36 percent. Siegelman is currently embroiled in a corruption trial in Montgomery.
Morgan County went along with the state in voting for Riley and Baxley.
Riley received 10,710 votes, or 63 percent, in Morgan County. Moore received 6,309 votes, or 37 percent.
Baxley received 4,244 votes, or 63 percent, to Siegelman's 2,345, or 35 percent.
Riley ran his campaign on an economic development platform, saying the state should keep him to continue its current economic growth. Baxley said state does have critical needs, including improvements in education and the state's prison system.
There will be a runoff to find the Republican nominee for Lt. Gov. Luther Strange will face George Wallace Jr. July 18. Strange received 208,143 votes, or 48 percent to Wallace's 144,734 votes or 33 percent in a four-candidate field. The winner will meet former governor Jim Folsom in November. Folsom was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Strange won Morgan County, garnering 6,196 votes, or 39 percent to Wallace's 4,569 votes, or 28 percent.
For a complete list of results from Tuesday's primaries, see Page A-5.