Calhoun County, AL – The June 21st primary runoff gave decisive victories for most seats. In the Alabama United Sates Senate seat runoff Katie Britt secured the republican seat by a large victory of 63.01% against Mo Brooks. Andrew Sorrel took the Auditor republic seat with 57.46% against Stan Cooke. For the Republican seat for Secretary of State Wes Allen won with 65.38% against Jim Zeigler. Public Service Place 1 Jeremy Oden took 52.32% against Brent Woodall. For Public Service place 2 Chip Beeker won will 63.25% against Robert L. McCollum. In the Democtractic race for governor Yolanda Rochelle Flowers took 55.14% of the votes against Malika Sanders Fortier.
On a more local level the Alabama Senate District 12 run against Wendy Ghee Draper and Keith Kelley got much attention for getting very negative and often had ads took a personal turn. Keith Kelley secured a victory with 55.22% of the vote. Mr. Kelley told the Calhoun Journal “I am gratified with tonight’s election results. We were out spent, but our grassroots campaign resonated with voters across the district. I look forward to moving on to the next stage of the campaign, and taking my conservative message to voters in November’s General Election.”
In the Alabama House of Representatives District 40 Chad Robertson is showing a win with 50.22% and Julie Borrelli with 49.78%. The Calhoun Journal spoke to Jeannie Negrón Burniston, the ALGOP Communications Director, about the procedure in a race this close. She explained that in a runoff there is not an automatic recount. If a candidate chooses to contest the results due to ballot issues or for any other reason they would have to notify all counties involve within 24 hours of the results being certified. Results should be certified on June 28th, one week after election night. The expense of a recount would be the responsibility of the party contesting the results. The Calhoun Journal spoke to both Chad Robertson and Julie Borrelli. Mr. Robertson stated “It is still sinking in. I appreciate all the support over the last months of this election. I had a tremendous amount of help from my family and friends. I am so blessed to have a supportive group behind me who worked tirelessly to the end. I am honored to be the Republican Party candidate for the District 40 House of Representatives. I owe everything to God and the people who helped me and believed in me every step of the way.” Mrs. Borrelli stated “I appreciate everyone that came out to vote. I got to meet so many wonderful people and really appreciate all of the support that I received. Calhoun County just had a lower turnout than Cleburne County and Chad is a Cleburne County guy with name recognition that I don’t really have. I feel like we both conducted ourselves with class and we’re respectful of each other and for that I am very thankful. Chad and Laura are friends of mine and I couldn’t have asked for a better opponent. This race was so close and we know there were issues with the wrong ballots being given out at some of the split polling locations in Calhoun County. I’m just going to take today think about it, to unwind, and get back to work tomorrow.”
John Wahl the Alabama Republican Party Chairman stated “It’s been a long and spirited primary election cycle. Our candidates have done an amazing job, working hard to meet the voters and make the case on why they would best serve our state. Our Party is blessed to have such an incredible pool of talented individuals who want to make a difference and promote good, conservative government and principles. Congratulations to our nominees following today’s ALGOP Primary Election Runoff.”
All results are unofficial until certified. The next election will be November 8th, 2022.