Alabama Republican Gov.
Kay Ivey has won a closely watched race for the U.S. Senate.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis has secured the support of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) super PAC.
The winner, state Auditor John Swearingen, will serve a second two-year term.
The Republican win is likely to spark further debate in Washington over whether the GOP’s current legislative agenda has achieved enough in its first term.
Ivey, who won the GOP primary with about 42 percent of the vote, beat Lewis by about 40 points, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reported that Lewis, a civil rights icon and former senator, had $10 million in the bank after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.
Swearingan is expected to seek re-election next year.
The DCCC had not responded to The Associated