BIRMINGHAM — Before a small crowd at the Southern Sky Aviation hangar at the Birmingham International Airport, Gov. Kay Ivey made her public remarks before people head to polls to vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Ivey faces Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, the Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, in a race that most see her as the odds-on favorite to win.
The Birmingham stop was Ivey’s sixth of the day. She kicked off her tour of Alabama in Montgomery and made appearances in Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan and Auburn before arriving in the Magic City.
Introducing Ivey at the Birmingham appearance was recent Yellowhammer Power of Service award recipient and Birmingham neurosurgeon Dr. Swaid Swaid, who praised the incumbent Republican governor.
“Above all, this governor is kind,” Swaid said. “She is authentic. She is able to smile. When she smiles, my kids fall in love with her even more. She loves this state and its people in a way that I have not seen many politicians involved in this state and its people. And that’s what comes through when I see her. She is proud of the people of this state.”
Despite an apparent electoral advantage headed into Tuesday’s election, Ivey urged those in attendance to remain active until the polls close.
“If you want Alabama to keep working, then I need your help,” she said to those in attendance. “I need each one of you, your family and your friends and neighbors to go out tomorrow and vote. Make it your highest priority to go out and vote. I appreciate what you’ve accomplished with your vote and your energy.”
“Y’all, please keep pounding the streets, knocking on doors and making telephone calls all the way up until 7 o’clock tomorrow night,” Ivey added.
Later in remarks to reporters, Ivey reacted to Maddox’s claim their race was within the margin of error.
“He says a lot of things,” she replied.
Ivey is seeking a full-term as governor. She assumed the office in 2017 by virtue of being Alabama’s lieutenant governor after then-Gov. Robert Bentley was forced to step down amid allegations of violating ethics laws.