The Machine Is Back At Alabama After Winning A Highly Contested Student Election

Updated: 11:31 PM EST

After only one year out of power at the University of Alabama, the Machine, a secretive collective of historically white fraternities and sororities were swept back into office tonight.

Lillian Roth, a sophomore and Alabama native won over 50% of the vote in the campus wide election, defeating two “Independent” candidates.

Roth’s victory comes only a year after the historic win of Elliot Spillers, who was the first African-American SGA President in over three decades at UA and one of a handful of non- Machine backed candidates to ever win the contest.

Spillers was a supporter of Caroline Morrison, who was perceived by some to be the weaker of the two non-Machine candidates.

Patrick Fitzgerald was the other non-Machine backed candidate.

Final vote tallies have not yet been released.

Voter turnout was only 38% of the entire student body- down from last year.

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