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Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama defeats her primary opponents. – World news

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama defeats her primary opponents. – World news

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama won the Republican nomination for governor, according to The Associated Press, surpassing 50 percent of the vote despite facing a barrage of attacks from primary challengers on her right.

Ms. Ivey had shifted her messaging in the homestretch of the race to embrace former President Donald J. Trump — who did not endorse her or any of her competitors — and to vilify the left.

The strategy left her challengers with little room to maneuver, and public polling showed Ms. Ivey with a decisive lead over her opponents ahead of Primary Day. But it had not been clear that she had enough support to avoid a runoff in the state, which requires candidates to secure 50 percent of the vote to win the nomination outright.

Without Mr. Trump’s endorsement, Ms. Ivey was criticized over her record, including extending a mask mandate in early 2021 and for suggesting that unvaccinated people deserved blame for the prolonged pandemic.

Tim James, a businessman and son of a former governor, was her top competitor. He sought to center the race on Ms. Ivey’s record on L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

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But Ms. Ivey’s rightward tilt in her own messaging — signing one of the country’s most stringent laws restricting transition care for transgender youth, embracing the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Mr. Trump and warning that President Biden’s border policies would force Alabamians to learn Spanish — appears to have worked in her favor.

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