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Election wrap: Bentley, Scott elected governor in AL and FL

The much anticipated 2010 mid-term elections are in the books. Voters in Alabama and Florida were electing new governors. In Alabama, Dr. Robert Bentley (R), supported by ACULAC, easily defeated Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D) by gaining 58 percent of the vote. In Florida, businessman Rick Scott (R) narrowly defeated Alex Sink (D), endorsed by the LSCU PAC Trustees, by about 70,000 votes. Sink conceded the race Wednesday morning.

For the first time in 100 years in Florida, the entire cabinet was up for election. Former Congressman Adam Putnam (R), endorsed by the LSCU PAC Trustees, easily defeated Scott Maddox (D) to become Agriculture Commissioner, while former Senate President Jeff Atwater (R), endorsed by the LSCU PAC Trustees, beat Loranne Ausley (D) to become the new CFO. In the race for Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi (R), endorsed by the LSCU PAC Trustees, defeated her challenger Dan Gelber (D).

Among a couple of the more high profile races, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (R) easily won his race, while Marco Rubio (R) defeated former Florida Governor Charlie Crist (I) and Kendrick Meek (D) for a Florida Senate seat. Florida Congressional Democrat incumbents Allen Boyd, Alan Grayson, and Suzanne Kosmas all lost by relatively large margins to Republicans Steve Southerland, Daniel Webster, and Sandra Adams. Alabama will have three new members of Congress, in the 2nd District, Martha Roby (R) defeated Bobby Bright (D), in the 5th District, Mo Brooks (R) defeated Steve Raby (D) and in the 7th District, Terri Sewell (D) replaces Artur Davis who ran for Alabama Governor. The rest of Alabama's Congressional delegation will remain the same.

With the Republicans taking the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus is in line to become Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Also, right now it appears Republicans have taken control of the Alabama Legislature for the first time in 100 years. This means they will have leadership positions, as well.

The LSCU will email a full recap of the elections and also have extensive coverage in Monday's eSignal.