Gov. Kay Ivey, who replaced Robert Bentley when he resigned in disgrace last year, is now running for a full term. In deep-red Alabama, the Republican primary will almost certainly determine the general election winner.
Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville, State Senator Bill Hightower and Scott Dawson, an evangelical preacher, are challenging Ms. Ivey for the Republican nomination. (Another Republican, Michael McAllister, will appear on the ballot but died in April.) Ms. Ivey has drawn criticism for refusing to participate in debates with her opponents, and while a recent poll shows her comfortably ahead, she may not break the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff in July.