Republican Kay Ivey won a full term as Alabama Governor over Democrat Walt Maddox. The state’s second female head of state ran a campaign that emphasized the state's recovering economy and restoring trust to state government. Ivey’s victory dashes Democrats' hopes of making gains in the deeply red state. Republicans swept all statewide offices and contested congressional seats and unofficial returns showed Ivey capturing almost sixty percent of the vote in the gubernatorial contest. Ivey had been lieutenant governor, became governor nineteen months ago when then-Gov. Robert Bentley suddenly resigned in the midst of an impeachment investigation partly centered on his relationship with an aide.