Alabama governor says he's voting for Santorum, not endorsing him
March 13th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Alabama governor says he's voting for Santorum, not endorsing him

(CNN) – Despite a statement from Rick Santorum's campaign touting Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's vote for the candidate, the governor's office said Tuesday that Bentley will not be publicly endorsing a candidate for the state's primary.

A Republican congressman said on the "Rick and Bubba" radio show Tuesday morning that Bentley had voted for Santorum.
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Rick Santorum • Robert Bentley
Alabama governor votes for Santorum
March 13th, 2012
10:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Alabama governor votes for Santorum

Update: An earlier version of this story said the governor had endorsed the candidate, but Bentley insists his vote for the candidate is not an endorsement.

(CNN) - Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama cast his vote for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday in the state's primary.

Bentley's choice was announced on the nationally syndicated radio program, "The Rick and Bubba Show," by Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt.
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Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian comments
January 18th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian comments

Update: The governor later apologized.

(CNN) – Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is kicking off his first term in office with a bit of controversy, telling a church audience Monday that he only considers Christians to be his "brothers and sisters."

"Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he told parishioners at a Baptist church in Montgomery Monday shortly after being sworn in. "So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
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Filed under: Religion • Robert Bentley
July 14th, 2010
08:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Establishment candidate loses in Alabama gov. contest

Robert Bentley won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Alabama Tuesday night.
Robert Bentley won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Alabama Tuesday night.

(CNN) - State Rep. Robert Bentley is the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Alabama.

Bentley topped Bradley Byrne 56 to 44 percent in Tuesday's runoff election, according to an unofficial vote count tabulated by the Associated Press. Bryne, a former state senator and former chancellor of the state's community colleges, was considered the GOP establishment candidate. Republican Gov. Bob Riley, who is term limited and prevented from running for re-election this year, backed Byrne.

Byrne came in first in Alabama's June 1 primary, with Bentley narrowly edging out businessman Tim James by less than 300 votes for second place. Bentley will now face off in November against Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, the Democratic nominee.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alabama • Robert Bentley