Marshall wins GOP nomination for attorney general

Decision 2018: Incumbent Steve Marshall wins GOP attorney general runoff
Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 1:14 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 5:13 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Steve Marshall has won the Republican primary for Alabama's attorney general. Marshall defeated former attorney general Troy King in the Republican runoff Tuesday.

Marshall will face Birmingham lawyer Joseph Siegelman, the son of ex-Gov. Don Siegelman, in the general election.

The 53-year-old Marshall has been attorney general since February 2017, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him after naming Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate.

King responded following Tuesday's defeat saying, "I will be honest I don't see this as a loss. We had a cause we had issues. We advanced both of those. So did we win an election we didn't win an election but I don't believe we lost because there are a lot of people in Alabama who understand now that it has to mean something to be a Republican and we expect our elected officials to follow the law and when they don't there will be consequences."

Marshall had a narrow lead over the 49-year-old King in the June primary and widened his margin in the runoff.

The race took on an aggressive tone in the closing days after both Marshall and King temporarily paused their campaigns following the suicide of Marshall's wife last month.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.