- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama elections (all times local):


11:40 p.m.

Alabama voters have approved doing away with maximum age limits for university trustees and most other elected and appointed officials.

Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 13. The measure mostly impacts trustee appointments at public universities. Several universities have mandatory retirement ages or age limits for new appointments.

It will also prevent lawmakers from approving new maximum age limits for public office.

The amendment does not affect judicial offices. Alabama’s age limit of 70 for judicial candidates will remain in place.


11:02 p.m.

Alabamians have approved a constitutional amendment aimed at protecting hundreds of local laws from being overturned during a court dispute.

Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 14 to validate local laws passed under the now disputed procedure.

Republican Sen. Cam Ward says the amendment was needed to prevent hundreds of local laws - from public safety measures to annexations to draft beer regulations - from being potentially overturned by the courts.

The concern came after a judge struck down a Jefferson County sales tax law, after finding the House of Representatives was misapplying a procedural vote required to pass bills before state budgets are approved. The Budget Isolation Resolution in the Alabama Constitution requires a vote of “three-fifths of a quorum present.” However, the House for years has interpreted it as three-fifths of “members present and voting.”

Ward said they feared a flurry of lawsuits that could overturn local laws passed under the now disputed procedure.


10:22 p.m.

Alabama voters have approved Amendment 2 to allow private entities to run park facilities and to protect state park money.

Voters on Tuesday approved the proposed change to the Alabama Constitution. The measure will prohibit money generated at state parks- as well as tax dollars earmarked for park maintenance - from being transferred to other government functions. It will also allow private entities to run more hotels, golf courses and restaurants at the parks.

Park supporters pushed for the amendment after some lawmakers diverted some money to other government functions during difficult budget years.

Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein has said the amendment would bring funding stability to the park system.

The state had previously been blocked from using outside entities at some parks because of language in a previous bond issue that prohibited privatization.


9:50 p.m.

Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Jacksonville has won a seventh term in Congress.

Incomplete returns from balloting Tuesday show Rogers defeating Democratic challenger Jesse Smith of Phenix City.

Smith is an Army veteran who headed a group that supported Democrat Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary.

Smith ran a shoestring campaign against Rogers, spending just a few thousand dollars compared to nearly $1 million for the incumbent.

While some of the counties in the 3rd District still have Democratic leanings in local races, Rogers hasn’t faced a substantial re-election challenge since first winning the east Alabama seat in 2002.


9:45 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville won a fourth term in Congress by defeating Democrat Will Boyd Jr. in the 5th District of north Alabama.

The 62-year-old Brooks supported Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary and didn’t openly embrace GOP nominee Donald Trump in the general election.

But that didn’t hurt him in his own re-election campaign against Boyd, a businessman and pastor who once ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent in Illinois.

Campaign finance reports show Brooks spent nearly twice on the race as Boyd, or more than $90,000. After that, Brooks still had more than $1.1 million in his campaign account compared to less than $1,000 for Boyd.


9:35 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer has won his first re-election campaign in the 6th District of central Alabama.

The one-time leader of a conservative think tank defeated Democratic challenger David J. Putman according to unofficial, incomplete returns from voting Tuesday.

Palmer won his initial two-year term in Congress in 2014 following the retirement of longtime Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Putman is a military veteran and retired Southern Co. employee from Vestavia Hills. He was making his first run for public office.



U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery defeated Democratic challenger Nathan Mathis to win her fourth term in Congress representing southeast Alabama.

Some Republicans distanced themselves from the 40-year-old Roby after she became one of the first national Republicans to speak out against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump following the release of sexually charged audio recordings.

But unofficial, incomplete returns showed Roby edging out Mathis, a former state legislator who declined to criticize Trump publicly. Tea Party leader Becky Gerritson was promoted as a write-in candidate, and returns on the Secretary of State’s website showed a write-in vote of nearly 10 percent, but Roby had enough of the vote to win.

Roby has served three terms representing House District 2, which includes much of the Montgomery metro area and southeastern Alabama.


7:43 p.m.

Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama has been elected to a sixth term.

On Tuesday, Shelby easily defeated Democratic challenger Ron Crumpton. Crumpton is best known in the state as an advocate for legalizing medicinal marijuana.

The 82-year-old senator was first elected as Democrat in 1986, but switched to the GOP in 1994. He faced no significant opposition in 2004 and 2006, as right-leaning scorecards ranked him as one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate.

The Republican ran a more visible campaign this year - unloading a portion of a $19 million campaign war chest - during the GOP primary as challengers tried unsuccessfully to capitalize on an anti-Washington mood. However, Shelby easily won the primary.


7:30 p.m.

Donald Trump has won Alabama’s presidential election, continuing the Republican streak in the Deep South state.

Trump easily defeated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Trump was long the favorite in the deeply red state, considered one of the safest for Republicans. Alabama hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Trump and Clinton both visited the state several times during the hard-fought primary battles.

With Alabama considered safely Republican, the state GOP dispatched volunteers to neighboring Florida, a battleground state.


8:25 a.m.

Voting is underway in Alabama and Republicans are confident that Donald Trump will win the state.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states.

Secretary of State John Merrill has predicted a record number of voters will cast ballots Tuesday after voter registration hit a record high of 3.3 million.

None of Alabama’s four U.S. House races or the lone Senate race on the ballot are expected to be very close given the name recognition and vast amounts of campaign money available to the Republican incumbents.

Alabama voters also face 14 amendments that will affect everything from state parks to the age of public officeholders to beer.

The polls will remain open until 7 p.m.


2:58 a.m.

Donald Trump is expected to win Alabama, which has gone Republican in every presidential election since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Republicans are confident in the deeply red state as polls open Tuesday.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states since securing their respective party nominations. Following in their paths, volunteers from both parties have been dispatched to campaign in neighboring Florida where the race is considerably tighter.

Secretary of State John Merrill has predicted a record number of voters will cast ballots Tuesday after voter registration hit a record high of 3.3 million.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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