Alabama Elections 2014 | Mike Hubbard re-elected as house speaker despite indictment
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard speaks to the media on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Hubbard defeated Democrat Shirley Scott-Harris to represent east Alabama's District 79 in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has won re-election despite facing felony ethics charges. Hubbard defeated Democrat Shirley Scott-Harris to represent east Alabama's District 79 in the House of Representatives. With three-fourths of boxes reporting, Hubbard had 60 percent of the vote to Scott-Harris' 40 percent. The powerful Republican was indicted last month on 23 charges accusing him of using his offices for financial gain. Hubbard said Tuesday night he believed outside forces were trying to torpedo his re-election. He says he looks forward to clearing his name in the courtroom. [Click here for full election results coverage] Hubbard will be seeking another four years at the helm of the House as Republican lawmakers meet Thursday to discuss leadership positions. The House will officially elect a speaker in January during an organizational session.