Officials certify election results

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2008


John McCain-R, 1,266,546

Barack Obama-D, 813,479

Ralph Nadar-I, 6,788

Bob Barr-I, 4,991

Chuck Baldwin-I, 4,310

Write-ins, 3,705

U.S. Senate

Jeff Sessions-R, 1,305,383

Vivian Davis Figures-D, 752,391

Write-ins, 2,417

Supreme Court, Place 1

Greg Shaw-R, 1,021,371

Deborah Bell Paseur-D, 1,008,479

Write-ins, 2,545

Court of Civil Appeals

Bill Thompson-R, 1,098,444

Kimberly Harbison Drake-D, 871,501

Write-ins, 2,143

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1

Beth Kellum-R, 1,095,348

Clyde Jones-D, 857,043

Write-ins, 1,958

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

Mary Windom-R, 1,057,448

Aimee Cobb Smith-D, 904,676

Write-ins, 1,846

PSC President

Lucy Baxley-D, 1,014,091

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh-R, 1,001,643

Write-ins, 2,199

Congress District 1

Jo Bonner-R, 210,660

Write-ins, 3,707

Congress District 2

Bobby Bright-D, 144,368

Jay Love-R, 142,578

Write-ins, 448

Congress District 3

Mike Rogers-R, 142,708

Joshua Segall-D, 121,080

Write-ins, 332

Congress District 4

Robert Aderholt-R, 196,741

Nicholas Sparks-D, 66,077

Write-ins, 349

Congress District 5

Parker Griffith-D, 158,324

Wayne Parker-R, 147,314

Write-Ins, 1,644

Congress District 6

Spencer Bachus-R, 280,902

Write-ins, 6,335

Congress District 7

Artur Davis-D, 228,518

Write-Ins, 3,183

The winners and losers in Alabama political races stand, with no recounts necessary, according to certified results of the Nov. 4 general election.

A state committee finalized the results Tuesday afternoon, and all races were decided without triggering a state law that requires an automatic recount if a candidate wins by less than half of 1 percent, said Secretary of State Beth Chapman, a member of the committee.

U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona won the presidential election with 1,266,546 votes to 813,479 for President-elect Barack Obama.

After the meeting, Chapman said the state has already compiled a report for federal officials showing how many overseas absentee ballots, which include military voters, were cast.

The state has been sued by the U.S. Justice Department for failing to file those reports for the 2004 and 2006 elections, which were held before Chapman became secretary of state.

Chapman said the state will mail the reports Wednesday, which she said is well before the 90-day requirement in the federal law. She said she believes Alabama will be one of the first states to complete the report in 2008.

She declined to release the numbers of military voters until the report has been mailed.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions received more than 63 percent of the vote to win a third term in the Senate and Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Greg Shaw won a seat on the state Supreme Court with a little more than 12,000 votes over Deborah Bell Paseur, a former district judge in Florence.

The certified results also confirmed that former Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley defeated former Republican Party Chairman Twinkle Cavanaugh in a close race for president of the Public Service Commission.