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Kay Ivey wins Republican primary for governor in Alabama : NPR

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey delivers her state of the state tackle on the State Capitol constructing in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 11, 2022. Ivey confronted eight challengers within the Republican major for governor

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey delivers her state of the state tackle on the State Capitol constructing in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 11, 2022. Ivey confronted eight challengers within the Republican major for governor

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey has gained the crowded Republican major for governor in Alabama, in keeping with The Related Press.

Out of eight complete opponents, Ivey’s two largest rivals, Tim James and Lynda Blanchard have by no means been elected to public workplace. Nonetheless, Blanchard was appointed in 2019 by then-President Donald Trump to function an Ambassador to Slovenia and James is the son of former Alabama governor, Fob James.

James, Blanchard and different challengers attacked Ivey through the marketing campaign for not being conservative sufficient. Dean Odle, one other major candidate for governor referred to as her, “a Democrat in Republican clothes.”

However Ivey has a robust conservative document. This 12 months, Ivey signed one of the crucial restrictive legal guidelines round transgender care — criminalizing gender-affirming remedies for minors.

“I imagine very strongly that if the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy, and if he made you a lady, you’re a woman,” Ivey stated when she signed the laws.

She additionally signed a regulation in 2022 to permit Alabamians to have the ability to carry a hid gun with out a allow.

In 2019, she signed the “Human Life Safety Act,” which might outlaw abortion in Alabama if the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturns Roe v. Wade.

And although her messaging waivered at occasions, she additionally had made false claims about widespread 2020 election fraud.

Valerie Shepherd, proper, walks along with her mom, Thelma Tolbert after voting within the Alabama major on Tues., Might 24, 2022, at Legion Area Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Valerie Shepherd, proper, walks along with her mom, Thelma Tolbert after voting within the Alabama major on Tues., Might 24, 2022, at Legion Area Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Talking at her watch get together in Montgomery, Ala., earlier than the race was referred to as by the AP, Ivey stated:

“Tonight marks the top of 1 marketing campaign and the start of one other. And y’all, that is crucial one but. The Democrats are going to do all the pieces they will attempt to take again energy on this state and we can’t allow them to reverse the progress we have made in Alabama.”

A former educator, Ivey, who’s 77, was sworn in as governor of Alabama after her predecessor resigned in 2017. She was then elected to a full time period in 2018 and is seen as having a simple path to victory this November. Her Democratic challenger is unknown at this level — that major race heads to a runoff. Alabama hasn’t elected a Democrat for governor in practically a quarter-century.

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