- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison upset incumbent Republican Rep. Mac Buttram of Cullman to win the Republican nomination for House District 12.

With 97 percent of the precincts of reporting Tuesday night, Harbison had 55 percent of the vote to Buttram’s 45 percent, according to unofficial returns.

The race became one of the most high-profile of the seven legislative runoffs, attracting the involvement of the state’s heavy political hitters. Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, former Gov. Bob Riley and other Republicans campaigned door-to-door in Cullman in support of Buttram. The Alabama Education Association ran ads against Buttram.

Most of Tuesday’s runoffs were on the Republican side as open legislative seats drew multiple contenders and a slate of challengers took on incumbents backed by the current GOP leadership.

Harbison, 28, ran as a Montgomery outsider and on a platform of repealing Common Core. Buttram, a retired Methodist minister, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. There is not a Democrat in the race.

Harbison said he was humbled by the outpouring of support. Buttram issued a statement congratulating Harbison and said he hoped Harbison continued to move the county in a conservative direction.

Prattville City Council member Clyde Chambliss Jr. won the Republican runoff for Senate District 30, one of four open Senate seats.

Chambliss Jr. defeated businessman Harris Garner. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Chambliss had 65 percent of the vote to Garner’s 35 percent.

The seat is currently held by Prattville Sen. Bryan Taylor, who is not seeking re-election. No Democrat is running for the position.

Many of the runoffs occurred in open Senate seats.

Tim Melson defeated Chris Seibert to win the GOP nomination for Senate District 1, which is currently held by Democratic Sen. Tammy Irons, D-Florence. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Melson had 56 percent of the vote to Seibert’s 44 percent. Melson will face Democrat Mike Curtis in November

Greg Albritton defeated Harry D’Olive Jr. to win the nomination for Senate District 22, which is currently held by Sen. Marc Keahey, D-Grove Hill. With 100 percent of precincts reporting. Albritton had 58 percent of the vote to D’Olive’s 42 percent. Albritton will face Democrat Susan Smith in November.

Irons and Keahey are not seeking re-election. Republican legislators redrew the two Democrats’ districts in a way that would have made it difficult for the incumbents to win.

Shay Shelnutt defeated Brett King to win the GOP nomination for Senate District 17. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Shelnutt had 52 percent of the vote to King’s 48.

The seat is being vacated by Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress. There is not a Democrat in the race.

Arnold Mooney defeated Amie Beth Shaver to win the GOP nomination for House District 43. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Mooney had 53 percent of the vote to Shaver’s 47 percent. The seat was open because of the retirement of Rep. Mary Sure McClurkin, R-Indian Springs. There is not a Democrat in the race.

An incumbent prevailed in the only legislative runoff on the Democratic side. Rep. Ralph A. Howard, D-Greensboro, defeated challenger Thomas Moore for the Democratic nomination for House District 72. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Howard had 53 percent of the vote to Moore’s 47 percent. There is not a Republican in the race.


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