Election night was not the outcome State Senator Bill Hightower wanted -- gaining only about 4% of the vote for the Republican nomination for governor. In his concession speech he told supporters he was disappointed but not discouraged and that it's time to get behind Governor Kay Ivey to make Alabama the best it can be.
"I got in this to change the direction of Alabama. We still need reform and the state can do better than we've ever done. But my congratulations to Governor Kay Ivey and we now need as Republicans to get behind a Republican candidate."
Hightower said traveling the state and connecting with the voters was a humbling experience.
"I learned Alabama has got incredible people. We've got great ideas and technology. I understand Alabama has some very caring and giving people, but there are some that are also hurting. And I wanted the opportunity to help them, but I will look for other ways to do that," said Hightower.
Hightower has served in Alabama's Senate since 2013. This was his first time running for the state's highest office. When asked if he would put his name on the ballot for governor again -- he said, "I'm not going to think about that right now. I tell you I'm going to focus on some other fundamentals I had to put aside. It's been an honor to run. It's changed me. It's changed my wife. We've had a great time doing it together."
Hightower ended the night with a prayer with his supporters -- telling them "Just because one door closes doesn't mean it's over... it just means you're headed in a different direction."
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