A jubilant Gov. Bob Riley says he believes Alabama voters sent a message to the rest of the country in its support of Republican George W. Bush.
Riley, a fellow Republican, said that message is, "race does not divide voters when it comes to certain issues in the Bible Belt."
Riley, in a television interview, said he thinks more and more African-Americans and their church leaders agree with the GOP's conservative position on gay marriage and other social issues. Riley predicts that more blacks will join the GOP and believes more can be done to entice African Americans to the party.
An unofficial tally with 99-percent of the state's precincts counted shows Bush defeated Democratic rival John Kerry by a margin of 63-to-37-percent.