"Bill Armistead beats Matt Fridy and the biggest names in state GOP to win re-election as party leader"
AL.com reports: Bill Armistead has been re-elected chairman of the Alabama Republican Party beating off a challenge by Matt Fridy that had been supported by the biggest names in the state party.
The final vote of the GOP Executive Committee was Armistead 221 votes to Fridy's 159 votes.
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Hubbard, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman, among others, had all supported Fridy in the race.
Armistead's victory represents the second time in two years that he has beat back some of the biggest powers in the GOP to win the leadership post of his party. -- Read the whole story --> Bill Armistead beats Matt Fridy and the biggest names in state GOP to win re-election as party leader | al.com
For the article getting reactions to Armistead's win, see "Fences to mend among Republicans after vote over party chairmanship"