Sue Bell Cobb concedes, promises 'change is coming'

Sue Bell Cobb conceded the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. Cobb was considered a front runner when the primary began. (Stephen Quinn |

Sue Bell Cobb's journey to become Alabama's first Democratic governor in more than decade ended Tuesday night.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox cruised to victory over Cobb and four other Democratic candidates. With 99% of precincts reporting, Maddox received (55%) 151,591 votes to Cobb's (29%) 80,723 votes.

Cobb was considered a front runner to win the primary when the race began. The campaign faced setbacks, most notably the revelation one of her campaign workers was a convicted sex offender. On Tuesday night, Cobb defended her handling of the incident and her campaign.

By the end of the primary her campaign was being outspent by Maddox's by a nearly two-to-one margin. The Cobb campaign was hoping to deny Maddox 50% of the votes and force him into a run-off election. It was not to be. The former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice conceded over the phone to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox around 10:30 p.m. Cobb then sought to uplift supporters as she addressed the media outside her campaign headquarters in Montgomery.

"I'm finishing this race with renewed spirit in the wake of the 2016 elections. Grass roots support...I mean it just sprung up everywhere. It was so excited to see the engaged citizens. Change is coming and I feel it in the air."

Cobb called on her supporters to unite behind Maddox's general election bid. Her staff did not what, if any plans Cobbs had made for the future.

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