A long and sometime contentious 2012 election campaign has ended in victory for President Barack Obama. A majority of Alabamians supported Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 61 percent to 38 percent. In other key races, the former judge ousted for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument won his old job back as Alabama's Chief Justice. Republican Roy Moore defeated Democrat Bob Vance. Another closely watched race involved the presidency of the Alabama Public Service Commission. The state's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, lost her bid to stay in office. Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh polled about 54 percent of the vote.
All six of Alabama's U.S. House members defeated challengers by wide margins. Republican Representative Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday and GOP Representative Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term. GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in officer. And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term.
Local races on Tuesday's ballot yielded a few surprises , Steven Reed, a new comer to politics, defeated incumbent Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese Mckinney. Reed garnered 51 percent of the vote. The Montgomery County Commission has a new face, Democrat Dan harris ousted incumbent Republican Ham Wilson for the District One seat. Harris pulled in 58 percent of the vote, Wilson had 42 percent. Restaurant owner Dimitri Polizos was the winner of the District 3 race on the Montgomery County Commission. Polizos, a Republican, defeated Democrat Allen Howell.
A second male is in police custody today in connection with the October 10th slaying of 59-year-old John Scroggins. 17-year -old Ladarius Frazier of Montgomery was charged Tuesday with capital murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery. Fraizer is being held without bond. He is the second male to be charged in the homicide. Late last week, Montgomery police arrested 19-year-old JaQuincy Corskey on similar charges. Detectives said a second victim, a 43-year-old male, also was shot but he survived. the double shooting occurred on Crouson Street.