Potpourri/Notebook from June 5 Primary

By Steve Flowers, Guest Columnist

You have the results of Tuesday’s runoff elections.  I had to go to press with my column before the results were known.

There are some fantastic runoff races which should be close and interesting.  The four best will be Troy King versus Steve Marshall in the Attorney General’s race.  The Lt. Governor runoff between Twinkle Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth will be interesting.  The Agriculture race between Rick Pate and Gerald Dial will be good.  It will be interesting to see if Bobby Bright ousted Martha Roby from Congress in the 2nd district.

Let me share some thoughts and analyses from the first primary on June 5th. Kay Ivey and Walt Maddox won their party’s nominations very impressively. Governor Ivey used the mantle of incumbency to win a decisive victory with 56 percent of the vote against three thought to be viable, well financed opponents.  Her campaign was brilliantly run.  Her television ads were excellent.

The mastermind of her campaign was Brent Buchanan.  He is now the master of political campaigns in Alabama.  His polling arm, Cygnal, is the most accurate on the scene.  He uses his polling adroitly to design brilliant ads. Buchanan runs many campaigns out of state.  He only ran two in the state, Ivey’s gubernatorial contest and Gerald Dials’ race for Agriculture Commissioner. In fact, Buchanan came up with the best ad of the campaign season.  The jingle ad for Dial in the Ag race was spectacular.

Walt Maddox’s waltz to victory over five opponents without a runoff was impressive.  It became apparent in the closing days that he was going to win without a runoff.  He ran the table on all of the important endorsements.  He got the Alabama Democratic Conference, New South Coalition, but even more importantly the endorsement of and use of the young Birmingham Mayor, Randall Woodfin’s organization. This was a recipe for a big win.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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