Marshall wins Republican nod for AG

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

LaFAYETTE — Steve Marshall has defeated Troy King and earned the Republican nomination for attorney general after a bitter runoff race. Marshall will now face Democrat nominee Joseph Siegelman in the November general election.

Marshall carried 61.90 percent of the July 17 runoff vote, or 198,732 votes, compared to King’s 38.10 percent, or 122,317 votes. These results were tallied with 94 percent of precincts reporting as of publication.

In Chambers County, Marshall narrowly carried the area with 1,225 votes, 50.41 percent, against King’s 1,205 votes, or 49.59 percent.

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Marshall is a former Marshall County district attorney and has served as the attorney general since February 2017, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley tapped him after Luther Strange was named to the U.S. Senate.

Marshall had a narrow lead over the 49-year-old King in the June primary and widened his margin in the runoff.

The race took on an aggressive tone in the closing days after both Marshall and King temporarily paused their campaigns, following the suicide of Marshall’s wife last month.

The former county prosecutor will face a general election challenge from Siegelman, a Birmignahm lawyer and son of ex-Governor Don Siegelman.

The attorney general is responsible for representing the state in criminal and civil matters.