As voters head to the polls, some candidates are neck and neck

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Alabama’s Primary election features plenty of mega-tight races and major spending, and Secretary of State John Merrill said every voter’s voice matters.

“This election is always important because we want each and every person’s voice to be heard,” Merrill said. “To do that their vote has to be counted, and the only way their vote can be counted is by going to the polls.”

The most-contested race is inarguably the GOP race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who is retiring after 36 years in that seat.

Late polls show Katie Britt, who is endorsed by Shelby, barely in the lead over career politician U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. Mike Durant is coming in third, with candidates Lillie Boddie, Karla M. Dupriest and Jack Schafer following.

“Our state is in a great position right now to continue to move forward economically, financially and otherwise,” Merrill said.

Merrill said he estimates that of the 3,639,775 eligible voters in the state, only about 28% to 32% are expected to vote in the primary.

“This is a right that many people died for and take the time, go out and vote and let your voice be heard,” said Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Rob Robertson. “That’s what makes this country so great.”

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