Spotlight on the state House races to watch (Part 1)

10/12/2010 07:08 PM

With more than 50 contested state House races this fall, there’s a lot of election action out there. But officials from both sides say that barring surprise upsets, there looks to be fewer than 10 key battleground races.

Pure Politics has analyzed the field and come up with eight races to watch at this moment — the list could grow or shrink as Election Day nears.

For example, one race that would have likely made the most competitive list two weeks ago was the one between Rep. Charlie Hoffman, D-Georgetown, and Republican challenger Ryan Quarles, a 26-year-old former member of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. But Quarles was recently cited for reckless driving in Lexington and is due in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday — an incident that obviously doesn’t help his chances of knocking off a seven-term incumbent.

Here’s the first segment of our state house race overview, where we take a look at the first four of those eight competitive races (listed in order of district number). These four include one open seat in Western Kentucky and three seats stretching up I-65 from Barren County to Louisville:

Coming Wednesday, we’ll break down the other four House races on the must-watch list. And we’ll have a full overview of the House races here on cn|2 Politics.

- Ryan Alessi

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