RealClearPolitics - Election 2018 - Alabama Governor - Ivey vs. Maddox



Alabama Governor - Ivey vs. Maddox


Kay Ivey

Kay Ivey (R)*

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Walter Maddox

Walter Maddox (D)

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Alabama Snapshot

RCP Ranking: Safe GOP

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2017: Senate (Special)
President | Senate
: Senate | Governor
2010: Governor | Senate | AL-2 | AL-5
2008: President
2006: Governor
2004: President

Polling Data

Ivey (R)
Maddox (D)
Final Results------59.640.4Ivey +19.2

Race Analysis

In 1986, conservative Democrat Charles Graddick narrowly won his party’s nomination for governor. Normally, this would have meant a direct trip to the governor’s office, as Alabama had elected only Democratic governors since 1874 (the races were rarely close). But the loser in the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Bill Baxley, contested the nomination, claiming that Republicans had voted illegally in the primary. The state Supreme Court sided with Baxley. Graddick’s supporters were outraged, and in the fall, Republican Guy Hunt shocked observers by handily winning the general election.

Republicans have lost only one gubernatorial race since and now control every statewide office in Alabama. There was the potential for some drama this cycle, as Gov. Robert Bentley resigned  amid a sex scandal, resulting in a promotion for Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey.  But Ivey seems to have weathered things well, and is a solid favorite against Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.