AG King falls in primary

John O'Brien Jun. 1, 2010, 11:38pm


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King, widely seen as vulnerable in his primary race, lost to Republican challenger Luther Strange Tuesday.

King, possibly hurt by his recent courtroom loss to Gov. Bob Riley over a highly publicized dispute involving electronic bingo games, fell in his second election. He was appointed to the post in 2004 by Riley, who endorsed Strange. reported late Tuesday that Strange had declared victory.

"I'm just honored to be the nominee in the fall. It's a great endorsement by the voters," Strange said, according to the report.

The state Supreme Court's unanimous ruling last week allows Riley's task force to challenge the legality of Lowndes County's White Hall Entertainment Center's electronic bingo games, regardless of King's approval or disapproval.

"It seems clear to me what the people of Alabama are saying," King said, according to the report.

Republican justices Mike Bolin and Tom Parker fared better as incumbents, the Web site also reported.

Republicans currently have a stronghold on the nine-member court.

Also in Alabama, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis lost in the Democratic primary for govenor. Prominent plaintiffs attorney Jere Beasley was the campaign chairman for Davis.

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