Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) ascended to the Governorship, and this chain of events changes the Alabama political picture for 2018. With Ms. Ivey as the sitting Governor, the long line of individuals that were planning to announce for what would have been an open seat may now have to re-think their own political moves. Another possibility for some could be a run at appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R), who Bentley appointed to replace US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate and must stand for election in 2018 to fill the balance of the current term. Much more will unfold here in the coming days, weeks, and months.