Kentucky State House races update

11/06/2012 06:29 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 in the race to pick up the open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Mike Cherry.

(9:15) With 1 of 2 counties reporting in the 5th State House district, Republican Kenny Imes is leading Democrat Hal Kemp by around 9% of the vote.

(8:20) Incumbent Democrat in the 76th district Ruth Ann Palumbo is leading Republican opponent Richard Marrs by just 600 votes with only 19% of precincts reporting.

And in the open seat in the 88th district, Republican Robert Benvenuti leads Democrat Reginald Thomas by under 1,000 votes with 44% of precincts reporting.

(8:05) The open seat in Western Kentucky’s 2nd district has 18% of precincts reporting, Kelly Whitaker takes a small lead over Republican Richard Heath.

In the 38th House district, Democratic challanger maintains a 20% lead over incumbent Republican Mike Nemes with 76% of precincts reporting.

The open State House seat in the 61st district is a tight race with only 18% of the precincts reporting. Republican Brian Linder has 1,739 votes to Democrat Wanda Hammons with 1,541 votes.

With 16% of precincts reporting, Incumbent Republican Donna Mayfield leads opponent JoEllen Reed by over 1,000 votes. Mayfield is another incumbent playing defense for her seat.

(7:20) With only 36% of precincts reporting, Democratic candidate Denver Butler has taken an early lead over Republican incumbent Mike Nemes in the 38th district. This is one of the House seats Republicans will be playing defense for tonight.

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