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Dates set for special elections in Baldwin to replace Byrne

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley has scheduled special elections in Baldwin County to replace former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, and candidates are already beginning to line up.

Byrne, a lawyer from Fairhope who was beginning his second term, resigned the District 32 post last month to become the state's two-year college chancellor. After consulting with the Justice Department, Riley scheduled a special primary election for Aug. 7. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Sept. 11 and the general election will be Oct. 16. If no runoff is needed, the general election will be Sept. 11, the governor's office announced.

On Monday, State Board of Education member Randy McKinney of Gulf Shores and Trip Pittman of Daphne announced they will seek the office in the Republican primary.

The deadline for candidates to qualify with their political parties is June 29.

Senate District 32 covers the coastal areas of Baldwin County and most of the central part of the county.

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