Bill Hightower, a Mobile businessman, won the special election for Alabama State Senate District 35. He defeated Jim Barton, his opponent in the Republican Primary runoff. Hightower took 64 percent of the votes to Barton’s 36 percent. There will be a general election on the 23rd of this month, but that is a mere formality since Hightower will face only write-in opponents. Barton, who is a state representative, will retain his House seat.
Hightower nearly won without the need for a runoff in the first round of voting, taking 46.5 percent of the votes. Rep. Barton had endorsements from Nick Matranga, who ran third in the first vote, and Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and was also well financed in the race. But none of this was enough to overtake Hightower.
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