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.

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