Alabama’s voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly and not surprisingly granted Kay Ivey a term of her own as governor.

Settle down, Ivey supporters, we’re aware that she’s been sitting in that office for a year-and-a-half after replacing disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley upon his resignation.

We’re not insulting her; we salute and congratulate her on her triumph. We’re simply noting that this is the first time she’s faced the electorate, on her own merits, as a candidate for the job.

Given her margin of victory — more than 19 percentage points over Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, the Democratic candidate — it’s obvious that most Alabama voters are pleased with what she’s done in office and saw no reason to make a change.

Of course having the magic “R,” for Republican, by her name on the ballot didn’t hurt either. According to AL.com, 38.9 percent of the people who voted Tuesday cast straight-ticket GOP ballots.

As we observed in our post-mortem of the local voting, that’s a difficult hole for any Democrat to climb out of, even an attractive candidate like Maddox. We’re sure that built-in advantage was behind Ivey’s decision to basically ignore her opponent’s call for debates and town-hall forums and dismiss his questions and allegations about her health.

We don’t blame Maddox for that strategy, or Ivey for staying above the fray and just marking off calendar days until Nov. 6.

Call us cynical, Machiavellian or disrespectful to folks who see politics as a chance to do good, to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, or similar clichés, The object of a political campaign is to win — any candidate who says otherwise would fail a lie detector test — and people generally follow the particular path, for better or worse, they think offers them the best chance of success.

The campaign is over, however, and we’ll be interested in seeing what Ivey does moving forward.

What’s her plan for keeping Alabama’s budget in the black while adequately funding essential services; for improving education in the state; for solving the prison overcrowding crisis before the feds come in and do it for us (and send us the bill); for promoting economic development; for a possible state lottery?

Will she take an active role and be a presence in pushing her agenda?

There will be expectations for Ivey and the time has passed where she can tout how she’s steadied the state after Bentley ran it aground.

Voters made it clear on Tuesday — she’s driving the boat.