And the winner is ... Tim James
The Republican Club of Etowah County, coordinated by former state Sen. Roy Smith, recently conducted a straw poll of likely GOP candidates for the governor's race with Greenville businessman Tim James coming out well ahead of the competition.
James is the only Republican who has announced he is running. He finished with 29 votes, which was more than half.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore finished with six votes.
State two-year college system chancellor and former state Sen. Bradley Byrne received five votes. He is expected to announce his candidacy soon.
Birmingham attorney Luther Strange, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2006, also received five votes. He has said he is considering a run for attorney general against the incumbent and fellow Republican Troy King.
State Treasurer Kay Ivey received four votes.
No one voted for state Rep. Robert Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa.
The Republican Club has met once a month every month since January 2000. The straw poll was conducted during the April monthly meeting.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen