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November 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Republicans dominated statewide races in the November 3 elections, many coasting to victories or running unopposed. Governor Robert Bentley, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Luther Strange all handily defeated their Democratic challengers by double-digit margins. Click to see the full election returns below.

  • Republicans Extend Majorities in Legislature: The Alabama Legislature, already a deep shade of red, became even more crimson on election day. They added six seats in the House of Representative, increasing their majority in the 105 member chamber from 66 to 72 seats. Republicans took four seats from Democrats, and picked up a seat being held by a retiring independent as well as an open seat in eastern Montgomery County. They added at least two seats in the Senate, increasing their majority from 23 seats to 25 seats. Democrats fell back from 11 seats to nine, while independent Harri Anne Smith, a former Republican, managed to win a second term as an independent.
  • Mike Hubbard Will Stay Speaker: The Alabama House Republican caucus voted during a three-hour meeting to keep Representative Mike Hubbard of Auburn as Speaker. They also voted to keep Representative Victor Gaston of Mobile as speaker pro tem and Representative Micky Hammon of Decatur as Majority leader. The House will officially select the speaker in January during the organizational session of the new Legislature.




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