Drs. Bentley, Griffith in race for Ala governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's gubernatorial race will feature two 71-year-old physicians, but that's where the similarities end.

Gov. Robert Bentley easily defeated two challengers in the Republican primary on Tuesday. In November he will face Parker Griffith, who won the Democratic primary.

Both men are doctors, and their fall race could center in part on medicine.

While Bentley opposes President Barack Obama's federal health care law and expanding Medicaid, Griffith says Medicaid should be widened to cover more people in the state.

Griffith also is supporting creation of a state lottery, which Bentley says is decision that should be left up to legislators.

The two also differ in fundraising, with the incumbent holding a huge advantage. Bentley has raised about $4 million, while Griffith has taken in $20,000 in contributions.

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