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The Latest: Maddox: This election is about the future

November 5, 2018
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox speaks during a campaign stop at Montgomery Airport in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox speaks during a campaign stop at Montgomery Airport in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama gubernatorial election (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox says Tuesday’s election is about ending policies that have kept Alabama ranked “at or near the bottom in everything that matters.”

In a Monday stop with his family in Montgomery, the Democrat said the election will determine if Alabama will stay in the “shadows of the past” or “chart our own course to a brighter future.”

Maddox said if elected, on day one, he would take steps to start a state lottery, expand Medicaid and stop the state from paying former Gov. Robert Bentley’s legal bills in an ongoing civil lawsuit.

Maddox faces incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in Tuesday’s election.

The Tuscaloosa mayor entered the race as an underdog, but said he feels “very good” about Tuesday based on his campaign’s internal numbers.

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11 a.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the polls “look strong,” but she’s urging her supporters to vote on Tuesday.

The Republican Ivey and Democratic challenger Walt Maddox crisscrossed the state Monday holding press stops and rallies in the final full day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s election.

In a campaign stop in Montgomery, Ivey said the polls “are just polls” and urged people to go vote.

Ivey told voters throughout the campaign that she has restored trust to government and emphasized the state’s record low unemployment and growing economy.

Ivey became governor last year when then-Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in the middle of an impeachment push.

Maddox is running on a campaign of establishing a state lottery and Medicaid expansion.

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7:30 a.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and challenger Walt Maddox agree the gubernatorial election is about choice.

Ivey says Tuesday’s election is about keeping Alabama on the right track.

Maddox frames it as a decision to break with the choices that have kept Alabama stagnant in the past. The Tuscaloosa mayor is running on a campaign of establishing a state lottery and expanding Medicaid. He says state leaders have failed to address longstanding problems that keep Alabama ranked near the bottom “in everything that matters.”

Ivey became governor last year when then-Governor Robert Bentley resigned in the midst of an impeachment investigation.

The Republican incumbent said she “steadied the ship” of a scandal-battered state, and has emphasized the state’s record low unemployment rate and recovering economy.

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