Skip to comments.Luther Strange defeats George Wallace (Alabama Lt Gov GOP runoff)
Posted on 07/19/2006 4:27:19 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Luther Strange, a lawyer and lobbyist making his first bid for elected office, defeated one of the most famous political names in Alabama history in Tuesday's runoff elections to secure the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
Tuesday's outcome might mark the end of the political aspirations of George Wallace Jr., Strange's opponent, who had said he would not seek office again in the event of a defeat.
Wallace is the son of four-term governor and presidential candidate George Wallace and one-term Gov. Lurleen Wallace.
Strange's race against popular Alabama political families will continue in the Nov. 7 general election, when he faces Democrat and former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., who is the son of two-term Gov. "Big" Jim Folsom.
"I think the people really are voting for change in the state, they're voting for the future," Strange said Tuesday night from Birmingham.
(Excerpt) Read more at al.com ...
A race between Jim Folsom, Jr. and George Wallace, Jr. would have been facinating. Folsom's father and Wallace's father ran against each other in the 1962 Democratic primary for Governor. Also, Wallace won much of rural Alabama but was overwhelmed by Strange in Birmingham and its suburbs. Wallace, Sr. was never popular in the Birmingham area.
I think that Luther Strange said it best. Alabama Republicans decided to vote for the future instead of the past. I predict the same will happen in the general election.
"Wallace, Sr. was never popular in the Birmingham area."
The political base of George Wallace Sr. was the rural counties of central and north-central Alabama. And George Wallace, Jr. ran well in that area, but lost all major urban areas except for Montgomery.
I'll tell you the one thing I'm noticing (with regards to history repeating itself). If Jim Folsom, Jr. manages to win, and the GOP Attorney-General is taken down by Mobile County D.A. John Tyson, Jr., Gov. Riley better watch his back. It was as Lt Gov that Folsom conspired with the 'Rat Attorney-General, Jimmy Evans, to depose Gov. Guy Hunt.
Clintonfatigued, are you from Alabama?
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