Montgomery City Councilman “Coach” David Burkette won the race for Alabama’s Senate District 26 seat Tuesday night in a landslide victory, besting Republican Darrell “DJ” Johnson.
The special election for the seat was called by Gov. Kay Ivey after former Sen. Quinton Ross left it vacant when took over as President of Alabama State University.
Burkette took home 3,873 votes, roughly 89 percent of voters, while Johnson garnered only 449 votes.
He thanked his supporters on Facebook after his victory:
I would like to thank everyone who supported this campaign for Senate District 26. Whatever role you played in achieving this victory, I truly appreciate everything. Go Team Go!!
Now, We have to go to the poll and vote, so I can win the June 5, 2018 Election. I need your vote and support.
Stay Connected to my Facebook page for updates about ways that we can work together. “Like and share my page with everyone in Montgomery County.
Burkette’s victory will be short-lived as the terms expire in November and he must seek re-election in order to serve a full term.
He’s already slated to face fellow Democrats Rep. John Knight, who he previously defeated in a run-off, and Montgomery City Councilman Fred Bell in the June 5 primary for the seat.
The winner of that race will go on to face Johnson in the Nov. 6 general election.