Tuesday’s election resulted in big victories for incumbents in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Democratic State Rep. Napoleon Bracy won re-election for the District 98 seat over two other candidates, Republican Saraland City Councilman Wayne Biggs and Independent Darren Flott.
By late Tuesday, Bracy had received 60 percent of the vote, with Biggs picking up 30 percent and Flott picking up 10 percent.
Bracy did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday evening.
Republican State Sen. Trip Pittman defeated Independent challenger Kim McCuiston with 81 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne also cruised to victory in a rematch with Burton LeFlore for the First Congressional District. Byrne picked up 66 percent of the vote.
Incumbent State Sen. Bill Hightower won re-election over Democratic challenger Beau Doolittle for the District 35 seat. Although this was Hightower’s second election, it will represent his first full term in office. He said he won a special election a year and a half ago.
“All the results are not in, but it looks like I’ll be able to serve for four more years,” Hightower said, as 98 percent of precincts had reported in Mobile County. “We have a lot of good things to do in Montgomery.”
Hightower received just under 74 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
“I think we have a lot of tough issues to face, but I think the state has a lot of upside,” Hightower said.
Republican Michelle Thomason won re-election as Baldwin County District Court Judge, Place 1 over Independent Ginger Poynter. With 47 of 48 precincts reporting in Baldwin County, Thomason grabbed 73 percent of the vote. The judge didn’t return a call Tuesday evening asking for comment.
Poynter, who has done legal work for Lagniappe in the past, said she was disappointed by the results, but buoyed by what she called a strong showing in one of the heaviest Republican counties in the state.
“I just called Michelle and congratulated her,” Poynter said when reached by phone.
She told the judge she looked forward to working with her in the future.
Poynter was booted from the Republican ticket before the primary this year, after she showed support on social media for a Democratic challenger for the Alabama Supreme Court.
“I’m not going away,” Poynter said. “I’m a Republican and I will continue to fight for families in Baldwin County.”
Democrat Barbara Drummond was elected to her first term in the Alabama House of Representatives, after defeating Republican Ralph Carmichael by nearly 3,000 votes.
Also, Mobile County’s pay-as-you-go road funding plan is a go with 80 percent of voters saying “yes” to the proposal.
In statewide races, Dr. Robert Bentley was re-elected governor, after defeating Democratic challenger Parker Griffith. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey won re-election over Democrat James Shields. Republican Attorney General Luther Strange won re-election over Democrat Joe Hubbard and John McMillan will be Alabama’s secretary of state.