Emerge Kentucky candidates win big in primary elections

05/21/2016 10:13 AM

Democratic women’s group Emerge Kentucky won every primary race a candidate was running in on Tuesday.

“We are ecstatic about Tuesday’s primary results,” Emerge Board Chair Jennifer Moore said. “As you mentioned 100 percent of Emerge women on the ballot won their primaries, and some of those are very hard fought primaries — from the top of the ballot with Congressional candidate Nancy Jo Kemper running in central Kentucky all the way to the Mayor of Paducah, Brandi Harless’ race, where she defeated the incumbent mayor.”

Harless, the highest vote-getter in the mayoral race, will have rematch this fall, and Kemper will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the Nov. 8 Election, who she seriously lags in campaign resources. But, Moore says across the board the candidates have been through months of training on fundraising and voter outreach, and the work, she says, is paying off.

In the 41st House Dist., Attica Scott, who was in the first graduating Emerge Kentucky class in 2010, defeated 34-year incumbent Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville.

Scott does not face an opponent in the fall, and is expected to move on the General Assembly, where she will become the first African American woman since the year 2000 to hold office.

Hear more on the legislative House races where Emerge candidates performed on Tuesday as well as the impact Hillary Clinton, could have on candidates this Fall.

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