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A Battle for Governor?

  |   By: Rumor Mill     |   Rumors

Will Republican Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle decide to take on incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley in the Republican primary?

As reported by, Mayor Battle will make his announcement tomorrow. Battle’s former mayoral campaign website,, has been made-over into a splash page that screams, as if it is for a statewide campaign, “Moving Alabama Forward.”

Note, it says “Alabama” forward, and not “Huntsville.” But why would Battle take on Bentley?

Sources close to Battle suggest strongly it is to increase his name recognition for a future 2018 bid for Governor. Battle raised almost $90,000 at a November fundraiser, but that’s still a drop in the bucket to the $746,000 Gov. Bentley raised in December.

Though our sources kept quiet on Battle’s actual decision, if he does decide to run he will be the only serious challenger (as of yet) to take on Bentley. That would certainly provide him a unique opportunity to increase his statewide name recognition and setup a future run for office.

Will we have a Battle for Governor on our hands? Tomorrow should hold the answer.

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