Byrne wins straw poll
All six Republican candidates who have announced they are running attended the event.
Byrne, in a release, called the win a "springboard for the future."
Several hundred people attended the forum, according to Byrne's campaign.
Byrne, a former state senator and former chancellor of the state's two-year college system, finished with 40 percent.
Greenville businessman Tim James and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore were next with 21 percent.
State Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa claimed 14 percent while former Birmingham City Councilman Bill Johnson, a member of Gov. Bob Riley's cabinet until recently, had 3 percent, and state Treasurer Kay Ivey finished with 1 percent.
The poll was conducted last week, but was released by officials with the St. Clair County Republican Party during their monthly meeting on Thursday.
St. Clair County is just northeast of Jefferson County.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen