MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Kay Ivey was greeted by a cheering crowd as she learned that she will be the Republican nominee in the race for Alabama governor as she seeks to be elected to her first full term.
She was the clear GOP winner in the governor's race in Tuesday's primary with 56% of the vote, avoiding a runoff.
It was a packed house at her watch party in Downtown Montgomery as she took the stage to thank her supporters and voters.
Under her leadership, she says Alabama is on the right track with low unemployment and more new jobs.
She added that she has worked the ship in Alabama by providing stability and streamlining government. She took over in the wake of the Robert Bentley scandal.
"We promised the people we would restore their faith in government. We promised we would clean up the mess in Montgomery. We created more than 13000 jobs and increased paychecks and we signed the largest investment in education in a decade. We also signed the largest middle-class tax cut in a decade," she stated during her speech.
She says it's a "good start," but said that her work is not done yet.
"Tonight's results show that Alabama is working again and that we are on the right track," Ivey said.
She is setting her sights on continued economic development and improvements to education.
"I'm looking forward to all we can accomplish in a full four years and I am going to keep fighting the good fight. I'm going to keep fighting to bring good paying jobs to our great state. I'm going to keep fighting to see that our children get the education they need and deserve," she added.
Infrastructure is another focus of hers as governor, she told the crowd.
"If want to be able to stay active in the competition in the 21st century economy, we have to invest in our roads, bridges and broadband internet. Above all, I'm going to keep fighting to maintain your trust and I will not let you down," Ivey stated.
Ivey also acknowledged her GOP opponents for their ideas, enthusiasm and desire to serve Alabama.
She will be facing the Democratic primary winner Walt Maddox in the general election.
Ivey asked for voters support again in November.
"We've made great strides over the last 14 months in our great state but the fight to preserve our conservative values continues. It's not over. Thank you for your continued support and mostly for your prayers," she said.
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