Cavanaugh defeats Baxley for Ala. PSC presidency

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has defeated Democratic incumbent Lucy Baxley for president of the Public Service Commission.

Cavanaugh has 54% of the vote to Baxley's 46% with 84% of the precincts reporting Tuesday night.

Cavanaugh said she will be sworn in Wednesday morning and start work immediately. Her priority will be helping create jobs.

The outcome of the rematch between the two women was different from 2008, when Baxley narrowly defeated Cavanaugh.

Going into Tuesday's election, Baxley was the only Democrat holding statewide office. The 74-year-old political veteran trailed Cavanaugh in fundraising. Health problems also kept her from hitting the campaign trail as much as her 46-year-old opponent.

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