MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- For Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, 2013 was the year his administration's numbers headed in the right direction and set up a strong re-election campaign for 2014.
The Republican governor was elected in 2010 on a jobs platform, and he says he's worked on job creation every day since then.
Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped from 9.1 percent when Bentley took office in January 2011 to 6.2 percent in November. Bentley campaigned on not taking a paycheck until unemployment gets to 5.2 percent and that could come in a second term.
Bentley has raised $2.6 million for his re-election campaign. One of his opponents, Democrat Kevin Bass, has not reported any fundraising yet and the other opponent, Republican Stacy George, has raised less than $2,000.