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Alabama Governor Defeats Former Justice in Primary

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  • Greg Cannon
    this article mentions most results of last night s primaries, but not the special election in California, so in case you hadn t heard: Bilbrary (R) defeated
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2006
      this article mentions most results of last night's
      primaries, but not the special election in California,
      so in case you hadn't heard: Bilbrary (R) defeated
      Busby (D).


      Alabama Governor Defeats Former Justice in Primary

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      Published: June 7, 2006

      In their battle to be the Republican candidate for
      governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, the current governor,
      defeated Roy S. Moore, the former Alabama chief
      justice who drew national attention when he refused a
      federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments
      monument from the state judicial building's rotunda
      and was removed from the bench.

      On the Democratic side, Lucy Baxley, Alabama's
      lieutenant governor, defeated six candidates,
      including Donald Siegelman, a former governor who was,
      even on Election Day, standing trial on racketeering
      and bribery charges.

      Ms. Baxley, the ex-wife of Bill Baxley, a former
      lieutenant governor and state attorney general, had
      gained momentum in the polls since April, when Mr.
      Siegelman's trial opened; he is accused of taking
      campaign donations and gifts and offering political
      favors in return.

      With nearly 70 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr.
      Riley had 64 percent of the votes to 36 percent for
      Mr. Moore. Ms. Baxley had 60 percent to Mr.
      Siegelman's 36 percent.

      Alabama's was among the most colorful contests on
      Tuesday, as voters picked their party's gubernatorial
      candidates in several primary elections around the

      In California, Mayor Jerry Brown of Oakland, the
      former governor, won the Democratic nomination for
      attorney general.

      In a Congressional primary in Mississippi, State
      Representative Chuck Espy, nephew of Mike Espy,
      Mississippi's first black congressman since
      Reconstruction, lost a challenge to Representative
      Bennie Thompson, the incumbent.

      In Iowa, Chet Culver, the secretary of state, won a
      three-way contest for the Democratic nomination in a
      race to replace Gov. Tom Vilsack, who decided not to
      seek re-election after two terms and is sometimes
      mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. On the
      Republican side, United States Representative Jim
      Nussle faced no opposition.

      In South Dakota, Gov. Mike Rounds, who, in March,
      signed into law the most restrictive ban on abortion
      in the nation, was unopposed for the Republican

      In the Democratic race, Jack Billion, a retired
      surgeon from Sioux Falls, beat Dennis Wiese, a former
      president of the South Dakota Farmers Union from
      Flandreau. Both men had criticized Mr. Rounds in the
      weeks leading up to Tuesday, saying they would not
      have signed such an abortion ban.
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