Kay Ivey to withdraw from governor's race, run for Lt. Governor - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Kay Ivey to withdraw from governor's race, run for Lt. Governor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - State treasurer Kay Ivey has decided to withdraw from the race for governor and instead run for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

FOX6 News learned of Ivey's decision Wednesday morning, ahead of a 3:30 p.m. news conference Ivey scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the state Republican headquarters in Homewood.

Sources told FOX6 News Ivey will drop out of the race for governor and qualify to seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Ivey's campaign refused to discuss the announcement.

Ivey, whose is term-limited as treasurer, has trailed in several polls in the governor's race. A survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling" showed her with 10 percent of support, tied for a distant third in the field of candidates.

State Senator Hank Erwin of Montevallo is also seeing the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, along with Gene Ponder and Dean Young.

The winner will challenge the Democratic incumbent, Jim Folsom, Jr.

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