State Senate majority grows by one as votes are tallied in special election

03/03/2015 09:49 PM

Senate Republicans have grown their majority to 27 members with the election of Steve West to the 27th Senate District seat Tuesday.

West defeated Democrat Kelly Caudill in the special election with 5,355 votes to Caudill’s 4,489, according to the secretary of state’s unofficial vote count.

The election was called to replace newly sworn-in Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter Blevins, who vacated the seat just before the legislative session convened in January.

West, a Millersburg real estate attorney and cattle farmer, walks away the victor despite trailing Caudill in fundraising by $60,000. However, campaigning on both sides was hindered by winter weather.

In a statement to the Maysville Ledger West thanked Caudill for his diplomacy in the race. Caudill, meanwhile, congratulated West in his victory and thanked those who supported him.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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