Robert Bentley defeats Ron Sparks in governor race - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Robert Bentley defeats Ron Sparks in governor race

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Robert Bentley declared victory Tuesday night, defeating Ron Sparks in the race to be governor of Alabama.

The Associated Press declared Bentley would win the election at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday. Bentley, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, had 856,831 votes, or 58 percent, to 623,202 votes, or 42 percent, for Sparks.

Bentley addressed supporters at about 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, thanking them for their hard work.

"It took a little longer than we thought," Bentley joked.

Bentley said he was proud to be the next governor of Alabama.

"We have people who love America and love Alabama, and that's why i'm so proud to serve you as governor of Alabama."

Bentley said the state has a lot of problems, but he will work to fix them.

I want to give the people of Alabama hope," Bentley said. "We're going to work together and get through these problems."

Bentley said he would work to unify the state.

"Starting tomorrow and going forward, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter," Bentley said. "I care about you."

Sparks conceeded defeat during a speech in Montgomery at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, saying he had called Bentley to congratulate him.

Sparks said the people of Alabama have spoken.

"I hear them loud and clear," Sparks said.

Sparks asked his supporters to drop on their knees and give a prayer that, "Dr. Bentley and his family will move this state forward."

Bentley said Gov. Riley called him Tuesday morning, promising a smooth transition.

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