Alabama Republican Party leadership wants Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Legislature to require party registration prior to elections and to close primaries in the state.

Rep. Andrew Sorrell and pastor Stan Cooke are trying to convince voters why the state auditor is a critical role in Alabama government and why they’re the best person for the job.

After Tuesday’s results were reported, Gidley had 4,006 votes, Grant 3,924. The district includes parts of Calhoun and Etowah counties. Gidley won Calhoun County, 1,620-1,408.

 The May 24 GOP primary ballot has three candidates vying to be the state’s next auditor, a job that will likely include defending the very existence of the office to lawmakers looking to eliminate it to save money.