Cooke, Sorrell To Compete In Gop Runoff For State Auditor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Rep. Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals and Stan Cooke, a pastor from Kimberly, were the top two vote-getters in the GOP primary for state auditor and will compete in a runoff.

Sorrell, who led balloting on Tuesday, and Cooke eliminated Rusty Glover, a former history teacher from Semmes who served in the state Senate, to advance to the June 21 vote.

Winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to election because no Democrat qualified to run for auditor.

Candidates for auditor typically emphasize the importance of keeping track of state property, but all three Republicans talked about election security in the era of false claims about a stolen presidential vote in 2020 because the auditor has a role in selecting county registrar boards.

Copying false claims by former President Donald Trump, Cooke’s campaign website said Alabama must get ahead of Democrats before they “try and steal our elections as they did in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and even our neighbor to the east, Georgia.”

The incumbent, Jim Zeigler, could not seek reelection after serving two terms and is running for secretary of state.