Republican Will Ainsworth, who currently serves as the state representative of Alabama’s 27th district, has defeated his Democratic challenger Will Boyd in Alabama’s race for lieutenant governor.
With more than 1.1 million votes and 78 percent of the vote in, the race was called with Boyd trailing Ainsworth 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent.
“No other state I’d rather live in,” Ainsworth said via WHNT after the win. “We have the greatest state. There’s so much opportunity. The next four years are going to be a lot of fun.”
“We’re going to focus on what makes Alabama great, and that’s the people and the resources we have here in the state,” Ainsworth later told WBRC in an interview. “We’re honored and humbled by the support, you know, that was shown today and look forward to getting to work for the people of Alabama.”
Ainsworth, who graduated from Auburn University, ended his campaign this evening in his childhood hometown of Boaz, Alabama, by attending a Boaz High School basketball game.
Finishing the campaign at @BoazHigh watching basketball. I grew up in Boaz and thought it would be fitting to end the campaign here. Great place to grow up with wonderful people. pic.twitter.com/iOL6dhG9YA
— Will Ainsworth (@willainsworthAL) November 6, 2018
The lieutenant governor has become governor three times in the last 46 years, with Gov. Kay Ivey, who defeated Walt Maddox on Tuesday, being the most recent after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April of 2017.
Ainsworth also commended Gov. Ivey after his win was announced.
“Gov. Ivey has done a great job. We worked well together when she was lieutenant governor, as well as governor,” Ainsworth stated. “My role as a lieutenant governor is to help her get her agenda passed and that’s what I plan on doing.”
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