Republican Paul Sanford defeated Democrat Laura Hall for the Alabama State Senate District 7 seat Tuesday with 57% of the vote. 20,891 people voted out of the 96,302 registered voters in District 7 for a turn out of 22% (compare that to 72% turn out in Madison County last November, also note that there are 212,574 voters in Madison County).
Top boxes were: Cove United Methodist Church (1847 – 89% Sanford), Covenant Presbyterian Church (944 – 85% Sanford), Blossomwood School (942 – 81% Sanford), Johnson High School (862 – 89% Hall), and Chapman Middle School (845 – 80% GOP). One could say that voters at both Cove and Johnson were like lemmings in their support for their respective candidates.
Sanford won seven of the top ten boxes (with 65% to 89%). Hall won three of the top ten boxes (with 88% to 95%).
Top Republican boxes were: Cove, Covenant, Blossomwood, Chapman, and Chaffee (578 – 87% Sanford).
Top Democrat boxes were: Johnson, First Missionary Baptist (666 – 88% Hall), Showers Center (616 – 95% Hall), Ed White (509 – 79% Hall), and New Shiloh Church (463 – 90% Hall).
The Probate Judges Office reported straight party voting – this is the first time I’ve seen them do this. In this election, ballots only had two lines: straight party or by candidate. I’m not sure what to make of the numbers this time, but I hope that the Probate Judge continues to report the information.
The Democrat straight party voting was 3,851 out of 8,872 Democrat votes (43%). The Republican straight party voting was 2,157 out of 11,984 Republican votes (18%).
Brian and I are going to compare the primary and general election turnout next, so be on the lookout for an update…