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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey avoids a GOP runoff; will face Maddox in November

Incumbent Kay Ivey won the Republican nomination for governor of Alabama, avoiding a runoff.

With 72 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press declared Ivey the winner of a five-way primary. She was carrying about 56 percent of the vote. The Republican will face Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who won the Democratic nomination. She begins as a substantial favorite, given the conservative lean of the state.

Ivey became governor last year after Robert Bentley, a fellow Republican, resigned.

Live primary results: Florida and Arizona, plus Oklahoma runoffs

There are big races today in Arizona and Florida. In both states, voters are picking their candidates for key Senate races, though in Florida the winners have looked clear for months. In Florida, voters in both parties are weighing in on their candidates for governor.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, voters are choosing candidates in runoffs, including for the GOP nominee for governor.

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