Election Results

Looking to November, Grimes says race is about McConnell -- not Obama

05/21/2014 01:24 AM

LEXINGTON — After addressing the Democratic crowd at her victory party Tuesday night, newly-minted Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes looked at the cameras at the back of the Carrick House in Lexington to speak to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. “Senator McConnell, this race is between you and me,” Grimes said (8:00 into her 19:00 victory speech below). Grimes locked in on her message that McConnell is “out-of-touch” and sought to blunt the attacks from Republicans who already have worked to link... Read more 

Ky. House primaries: Harris beats Rep. Hall; Moffett, Moore and Kearns win competitive GOP races

05/20/2014 10:29 PM

UPDATED 12:33 a.m. —- Chris Harris, a Pike County magistrate, unseated Rep. W. Keith Hall of Phelps 51 percent to 49 percent in a bruising Democratic primary in eastern Kentucky’s 93rd District. Harris ran tough ads, including one down the stretch of the primary in which Harris talks directly to the camera and says Hall became corrupt while in the state House. Hall faced ethics investigations, including a fine in 2011 from the Legislative Ethics Commission for directing coal severance tax... Read more 

State Senate primaries: Wise defeats Gregory, Schroder wins 24th GOP, Cox wins 6th Democratic

05/20/2014 09:26 PM

UPDATED WITH INTERVIEW: Max Wise, the Campbellsville University professor, will be the new state senator from the 16th state District, unseating freshman Sen. Sara Beth Gregory. With no Democrat filed in that seven-county district, Wise is the senator-elect in the district that covers Taylor, Adair, Russell, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary counties. Wise established a base in his home county of Taylor, where Republicans closed down the town square in Campbellsville to celebrate and for Wise to address his supporters.... Read more 

U.S. House primaries: Jensen to face Barr in 6th District; Rematches elsewhere

05/20/2014 08:38 PM

*UPDATED 11:49 p.m. * — Democrat Elisabeth Jensen defeated Geoff Young to move on to face freshman Republican Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington in the November election. Jensen was one of the few Democratic candidates in Kentucky to not only openly embrace the Affordable Care Act but to run on it, airing radio ads touting the increased access to health care. Jensen, who founded an education advocacy organization, held steady throughout the night and won with 61 percent compared to... Read more 

Analysis: Barr romped through eastern 6th Dist. counties as Chandler floundered in Franklin

11/07/2012 12:08 PM

Not only did Republican Andy Barr wallop Ben Chandler in the new counties added to the 6th Congressional District, but Barr out-paced even U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2010 performance in those Democratic majority areas. On Tuesday, Barr won overwhelming majorities in Wolfe, Menifee, Nicholas and Robertson counties and even cracked 60 percent in the normally reliably Democratic county of Fleming — all counties that were supposed to give the incumbent Chandler some breathing room in this election. Barr also defeated... Read more 

House Democrats lose 4 seats but keep Arnold by 5 votes; Will have 55-45 majority

11/07/2012 12:51 AM

House Democrats appear to have maintained a comfortable advantage in the state House and largely survived a Republican tide, thanks in part to a couple of squeaker races in the Owensboro area. Democratic Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis won the unofficial vote totals in the 7th state House District over Republican Tim Kline by an astoundingly slim five votes in Union County and parts of Henderson and Daviess counties. That apparent narrow victory, coupled with another nail-biter Democratic Rep. Jim... Read more 

Chandler says Obama was 'too heavy for us' in rural counties; isn't ready to discuss his future

11/07/2012 12:40 AM

Ben Chandler said Republicans effectively linked him to the president who is unpopular in Kentucky, which ultimately was enough to unseat him. “I thought it was a little bit of a miracle, frankly, that we prevailed two years ago,” he said. “We did think that we were going to be able to do it again, but we weren’t able to. The difference, I think, was that the president was on the ticket.” He said losing Montgomery County clued him in that... Read more 

In victory speech, Barr calls for unity; Ernie Fletcher passes the torch to Barr in 6th Dist.

11/06/2012 11:45 PM

After sweeping 17 of 19 counties, Republican Congressman-elect Andy Barr said he is eager to “reach common ground with our opponents” and praised four term incumbent Ben Chandler and his supporters. Barr defeated Chandler by more than 11,000 votes — roughly the total number of votes by which Rand Paul won the 19 counties of the 6th Congressional District during the 2010 U.S. Senate race. The new district was supposed to make Chandler tougher to beat by removing Republican-leaning counties... Read more 

Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton loses re-election; GOP holds its open Senate seats

11/06/2012 11:31 PM

Republicans picked added a seat to their majority by knocking off Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville, who has been in the Senate since 1993. Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville lawyer and former assistant commonwealth’s attorney, narrowly defeated Pendleton in all three of the counties that make up the 3rd District — including by 26 votes in their shared home county of Christian County, according to preliminary results. Vote totals across Christian, Logan and Todd counties showed Westerfield winning by fewer than... Read more 

Kentucky State House races update

11/06/2012 07:29 PM

The polls are closing and results are beginning to come in. We will continue to update you with results as they come in. (9:40) In the 62nd House district, Republican Ryan Quarels has won re-election in his race against Democrat Charlie Hoffman, who Quarels beat in 2010. This is a seat that Democrats had targeted to pick up. (9:30) With 1 of 4 counties reporting in the 4th House district in Western Kentucky, Republican Lynn Bechler leads Democrat Raymond Giannini... Read more 

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