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Tight race in GOP primary for governor

The Alabama Republican primary for governor was too close to call Tuesday night, but Bradley Byrne garnered the most votes in Escambia County.

In the Democratic primary, local voters followed the statewide trend, picking nominee Ron Sparks over Artur Davis.

In Escambia County, Byrne had 37 percent of the vote, with Tim James second at 29 percent.

Statewide, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Byrne had made the runoff. Robert Bentley was leading Tim James for the second place spot with just 140 votes separating them.

In other statewide races, Luther Strange beat incumbent Troy King in the attorney general’s race. In the Democratic primary for that office, James Anderson was leading with 49 percent of the vote. Candidates must get over 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Kay Ivey beat her opponents statewide. She also won Escambia County with 66 percent of the vote. She will face incumbent Democrat Jim Folsom Jr. in the November general election.

In the Republican race for agriculture commissioner, John McMillan and Dorman Grace appeared headed for a runoff, according to early statewide returns. McMillan won Escambia County with 63 percent of the vote.

In the race for state treasurer, Young Boozer won the Republican primary and Charley Grimsley won the Democratic primary in Escambia County. Those results mirrored early statewide returns.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby easily won the Republican nomination, as did U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.

“I am honored and grateful to have received the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate,” Shelby said in a statement. “I look forward to the general election in November and ask for the continued privilege of serving the great people of Alabama in our nation’s capital.”