Kay Ivey drops out of governor's race, jumps in race for Lt. Governor

Kay Ivey (WBRC video)
Kay Ivey (WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - State Treasurer Kay Ivey announced Wednesday her decision to withdraw from the race for governor and instead run for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Ivey announced her decision at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the state Republican headquarters in Homewood.

"It's official: I just qualified as a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. The fight for conservative values goes on, in a new arena," Ivey posted on her Twitter feed.

Ivey, whose is term-limited as treasurer, had 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.

Ivey joins State Senator Hank Erwin of Montevallo, Gene Ponder, and Dean Young as candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. The winner of the Republican primary in June will challenge the Democratic incumbent, Jim Folsom, Jr., in the November general election.

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