Lt. Governor race too close to call - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Lt. Governor race too close to call

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The race for Lt. Governor was too close to call late Tuesday night as both candidates eagerly waited for the last few precincts to be counted.

With 92 percent of the precincts counted across Alabama, Kay Ivey (R) had 51 percent of the votes compared to 49 percent for incumbent Jim Folsom, Jr. (D).

Folsom spoke to supporters at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, saying it was too early to give up.

"I don't know where those last boxes are," Folsom said. "We will wait and see."

A few minutes later, Ivey spoke with FOX6 News. She, too, said the race was too close to call but was optimistic about her chances to hold on to her slim lead and win the office.

Ivey's narrow margin was the smallest margin by a Republican of all of the statewide races Tuesday. Republican candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor easily defeated their opponents Tuesday.

In addition, Republicans won enough seats Tuesday in the Alabama legislature to take control of both the state House and state Senate. Unofficial returns show Republicans with at least 18 of the 35 seats in the Senate and an opportunity to pick up a couple more when all the ballots are counted.

The wins mark the first time Republicans have simutaneously controlled both chambers and the governor's office in 136 years.

Veteran Democratic senators who lost in Tuesday's election include Tom Butler of Huntsville, Phil Poole of Tuscaloosa, Ted Little of Auburn, and Wendell Mitchell of Luverne.

Several Democratic incumbents also lost in the House, including Majority Leader Ken Guin of Carbon Hill.

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