Lt. Governor: Cavanaugh, Ainsworth head to runoff

Alabama Public Service Commission president Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville will face off in a runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Neither candidate managed to secure 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s race which also featured Sen. Rusty Glover of Mobile.

The Republican nominee will face Democratic minister Will Boyd, who lost the U.S. Senate primary against Doug Jones last year.

The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate. The office has been vacant since April 2017, when Kay Ivey succeeded Robert Bentley as governor following his resignation and guilty plea amid a sex-tinged scandal.

Ethics is a top issue in the race as the Legislature looks to review Alabama’s ethics law next year and lawmakers currently face corruption charges. GOP candidates promoted their integrity and staunch conservatism.