By Alabama Public Radio
Tuscaloosa AL – In the race for Attorney General, incumbent Troy King won the Republican nomination, while Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Junior eeked out a win on the Democratic side. With 88 percent of precincts reporting last night, King defeated challenger Mark Montiel 74 to 26 percent for the Republican nomination. Tyson won against Larry Darby 54-46 percent. In other races, Secretary of State Nancy Worley had an easy primary win and will face Republican Beth Chapman in the general election. Democrat Steve Segrest will face Republican incumbent Kay Ivey for state treasurer in November. Perry Hooper Junior and John Amari are headed to July 18th runoff for the G-O-P nomination to replace George Wallace Junior on the Public Service Commission ... the winner will face Democrat Susan Parker. Meanwhile, Wallace is head to a runoff with Luther Strange for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Strange had 48 percent of the vote to Wallace's 34 percent. The winner faces Democrat and former Governor Jim Folsom Jr. For state auditor ... Republicans Wes Allen and Samantha Shaw are headed to runoff. The winner will challenge Democrat Janie Baker Clarke. In Tuscaloosa County, probate judge Hardy McCollum is also heading to a runoff on the Democratic ticket with challenger David Gay Jr. ... on the Republican side, Joe Powell defeated Don Wallace 53-47 percent. There were some significant upsets yesterday ... the state Legislature will definitely be seeing some new faces. Three veteran Senators were defeated. State Representative Scott Beason defeated Senator Jack Biddle in the G-O-P primary for District 17 in north Jefferson County. Biddle has been in the Legislature for more than 30 years. Beason has served two terms in the House. Other incumbents to fall were Democratic state Senators Sundra Escott, who lost to Representative Linda Coleman ... and Senator Gerald Dial who was upset by Randolph County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Benefield. Dial had served five terms in the Senate and two terms in the House.