More State Legislators endorsed incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Monday. The Ivey campaign announced that State Sens. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman), Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro), Andrew Jones (R-Centre) and Arthur Orr (R- Decatur), as well as State Reps. Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle), Randall Shedd (R-Cullman), Kerry Rich (R-Albertville), Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) and David Standridge (R-Hayden) all endorsed Ivey Monday.

Ivey thanked the legislators for their endorsements and support.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsements of these great members of the Alabama legislature,” Ivey said. “They work tirelessly to represent their districts, and I appreciate their support. Together, we’re delivering results to hard-working Alabamians and are standing up for the Christian, conservative values that made our country great. We have created over 50,000 new jobs, over $25 billion in new business investment and have the lowest unemployment rate in the history of our state. For 16 consecutive months, we have had the lowest unemployment rate in the entire Southeast. That is something we should all be proud of.”

Ivey Campaign Manager William Califf thanked these legislators for their endorsements.

“I appreciate these Republican legislators and their support for Gov. Ivey,” Califf said. "With the lowest unemployment rate in state history, one of the best business climates in the entire nation and significant infrastructure developments to support our booming economy, Kay Ivey is proving the Alabama drive is relentless. Unlike Biden and blue-state liberals, Gov. Ivey and the Republican legislature understand what it takes to uphold the America-first policies that make Alabama an economic and industrial leader that stands for strong, conservative values."

To this point in the campaign, Ivey is not even acknowledging the eight Republican challengers that she faces in the May 24 Republican primary. She says that she is focusing on fighting the left's agenda.

“Despite the Biden Administration’s failures and the radical left, which seems to be getting crazier and crazier each and every day – we’re standing strong and defending our Alabama values,” Ivey said. “We’ve put into law the strongest pro-life bill in the nation, banned transgender sports, made it illegal for doctors to give minors puberty blockers and hormones for transgender treatments and we have stopped Biden’s vaccine mandates dead in their tracks.

“While I’m proud of our long list of conservative accomplishments – there is still more to be done and more battles against the radical left that will need to be fought. We won’t back down and we will meet these challenges head-on, because to keep Alabama thriving, it will take all of us, working together, and trusting in the Lord as we lay the groundwork for a brighter future for our state.”

Ivey is a former educator, she worked for Speaker of the House Joe McCorquodale, served in Gov. Fob James’ cabinet, was elected State Treasurer twice, and Lieutenant Governor twice. Ivey was elevated to governor in 2017 when then Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned, and was elected governor in her own right in 2018.

Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy George, Ivey, Tim James, Donald Trent Jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young are all running in the Republican primary for governor.

All the polls have Ivey leading this race by double digits. The big question is if she can win it with a majority of votes and win it without a runoff.

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