Ivey Drops Out of Governor's Race-Enter Race For Lt. Governor

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican State Treasurer Kay Ivey is
leaving the governor's race to run for lieutenant governor.

Ivey said Wednesday she believes she can be a more effective
candidate in the race for lieutenant governor, where the field is
much smaller than the governor's race.

She joins Baldwin County school teacher Gene Ponder, Gulf Shores
businessman Dean Young, and state Sen. Hank Erwin of Montevallo in
the Republican primary on June 1. The winner will face Democratic
incumbent Jim Folsom Jr.

Ivey's switch comes two days before the qualifying deadline for

Erwin says Ivey's late entry into the race won't change his
strategy. He said he's focused on Folsom and ending 135 years of
Democratic control in the Alabama Senate.

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