Local businessman Phil Williams won the GOP nomination outright tonight in a special election for a State House seat in Alabama which borders the stateline with Tennessee. He'll face democrat Jenny Askins in the general on July 14. Ms. Askins won her primary as well tonight without a runoff. The overall vote totals should encourage GOPers who would like to win this seat. Republicans nearly outnumbered democrats by a 2 to 1 margin in terms of overall vote totals in todays election. This seat came open when a jury convicted former State Rep Sue Schmitz(D) of fraud back in Febuary of this year.