Republicans sweep criminal, civil appeals races

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republicans have swept the three races for Alabama's criminal and civil appeals courts.

Republican incumbent Bill Thompson defeated Democrat Kimberly Drake for a seat on the Court of Civil Appeals.

Republican Beth Kellum beat Democrat Clyde Jones for an open seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals, and Republican Mary Windom defeated Democrat Aimee Cobb Smith for another open seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Their victories mean Republicans will continue to hold all seats on the civil and criminal appeals courts.

The race for the Alabama Supreme Court is too close to call.

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