MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Republican Governor Bob Riley says his re-election victory tonight shows that Alabama voters responded to his message about having built a foundation for Alabama to do extraordinary things.
With more than half of the precincts reporting, Riley is leading Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley with 55 percent of the vote.
Baxley says she's proud that she did better than pre-election polls predicted. But she says Riley had the advantage of good things going on in the state, including the economy and the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Riley is the first incumbent governor to win re-election in Alabama in 16 years. The last three incumbents were all defeated.
Tonight's victory also marks a big change from four years ago, when Riley beat Don Siegelman by only 3,120 votes. That was the closest governor's election in modern Alabama history.