Kay Ivey declared winner over Jim Folsom, Jr. - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Kay Ivey declared winner over Jim Folsom, Jr.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Kay Ivey was declared the winner Tuesday in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating the incumbent, Jim Folsom, Jr.

The Associated Press declared Ivey the victor at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday after a close race that saw Ivey and Folsom trade the lead as the votes were counted.

Ivey spoke to FOX6 News after being declared the winner, saying she was "proud as punch" to be elected and was "humbly grateful" to the people of Alabama.

With 2,797 of the 2,811 precincts counted (99 percent,) Kay Ivey (R) had 760,862 votes, or 52 percent of the votes, compared to 715,643, or 48 percent, for incumbent Jim Folsom, Jr. (D).

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.

For instant and complete election results, please visit www.MyVoteAlabama.com or our politics blog at http://alabama.raycompolitics.com.

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