Do Ainsworth’s re-election plans hint at Gov. Kay Ivey’s plans?
Republican Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth has announced that he will launch his re-election campaign on Friday, June 4. This could be a signal that Governor Kay Ivey will seek re-election himself.
Ainsworth had been seen as a strong candidate for governor. But in April, he said he would not run for the post if Ivey planned to run for another term.
Not only are Ainsworth’s plans now clear, but Ivey is expected to appear at his re-election campaign launch event in Guntersville, according to his campaign announcement.
Ivey may already be hinting at his own plans. His campaign Twitter account says: “stand for re-election”. It is not the official account of its governor’s office, which is separate from any campaign effort.
So far, Ivey has not announced any re-election events.
It’s important to note that in 2018 Ivey was the outgoing governor, but she was seeking her first term in this race, not re-election. Ivey became governor in 2017 following the resignation of Governor Robert Bentley.
Under state law, she is eligible for two full terms in addition to completing Bentley’s tenure. If she runs and wins, Ivey could serve as governor from 2017 to January 2027.
Speaking of the big races ahead in 2022, Alabama News Network political analyst Steve Flowers said Ivey would be a big favorite to win re-election.
“I think she will be a favorite,” said Flowers. “An incumbent governor has a lot of advantages and she has good poll results, so I would say she is a favorite, maybe a prohibitive favorite,” he said.
Ainworth will run for re-election at 7 p.m. at the Jeff Cook Performing Arts Stage at Guntersville Civitan Park. In addition to Ivey, Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield and country music star Riley Green are scheduled to appear.
The Alabama primary takes place on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.