Alabamians have already seen a good bit of activity in the 2018 race for governor. Gov. Kay Ivey will face a challenge from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle in the Republican primary. There is also a Democratic primary fight involving Sue Bell Cobb and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. This means there will be a heated General Election in the governor’s race.
It appears at this juncture that Gov. Ivey, a very popular incumbent, will win the primary and then be elected to a full term next year in the General Election. Gov. Ivey has done a tremendous job of restoring confidence in government at the state level, having inherited a real mess. She has brought a breath of fresh air to the state capital. It’s significant that Gov. Ivey has a very high favorability rating – one of the highest for any governor in the U.S. – based on several recent polls.
Looking ahead, I believe the two mayors mentioned above will come out of the election cycle in 2018 as the brightest stars in their respective parties. I also predict that Gov. Ivey will have a highly productive and successful run as Alabama’s chief executive. I wish her the very best.
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