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      Democrats Hold Majority of Alabama Courthouse Offices

      The Alabama Democratic Party came out of last week's election still holding a majority of the elected offices in county courthouses statewide, but the Republican Party whittled away at the last Democratic stronghold.{}{} {}State Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said the GOP had a net gain of 45 county offices. That included everything from probate judge and circuit judge to county school board seats.{}{} {}State Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy said the GOP didn't make the advances it had been predicting. He said Democrats defeated a veteran Republican probate judge in Montgomery County, swept county races in Jefferson County, and re-elected a Democratic probate judge in Tuscaloosa County who had strong opposition.{}{} {}Both parties are already making plans for 2014, when county sheriffs will be up for election.