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
Alabama Governor Defeats Former Justice in Primary
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By MONICA DAVEY
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
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.