Alabama GOP may oust chairman despite success


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party led the GOP to big victories in November. Now some of Alabama's top Republican officials, including the governor and lieutenant governor, want to oust him on Saturday.

They accuse Chairman Bill Armistead of dividing the party despite its success at the ballot box. Armistead says he still has lots of support and expects to defeat challenger Matt Fridy when the Republican Executive Committee votes Saturday in Birmingham.

Fridy is a former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and currently serves on the state party's steering committee. He has drawn support from Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

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