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Kentucky 2011 Primary Election Results

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Most of the races have been declared in Kentucky for the 2011 primary election.

Dark red: 0-10% Light red: 10-20% Orange: 20-30% Yellow: 30-40%

Seven state races are on the ballot this year. State races on the Democratic side include Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Races on the GOP side include Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner, Governor, and Secretary of State.

WKMS will have more coverage during Morning Edition.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS REPORTED AS OF 9:00 PM CST:

David Williams is the GOP nominee for Kentucky governor. With nearly all precincts reporting, Williams had a near ten point lead ahead of main opposition Phil Moffet. Williams has 47 and a half percent, with Moffett taking 38 percent of the vote. Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw took 14 percent of the vote. According to KET analysts, Moffett won small victories in populated areas, including Owensboro, Paducah, and Lexington. But Williams won the majority of rural areas. Williams and incumbent Governor Steve Beshear will face off in November. Republican Governors Association Executive Director Phil Cox issued a statement after the results. Cox said, “David Williams’ victory is an important first step towards putting Kentucky back on the right track.”

The candidates for Agriculture Commissioner are James Comer on the Republican side and Bob Farmer on the Democratic side. The seat is vacant this time around. Former Commissioner Richie Farmer is on the ticket as David Williams’ running mate.

Incumbent Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has won the Democratic primary over western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick. Hollenbach received around seventy-one percent of the vote. Hollenbach faces K. C. Crosbie in the fall.

Another set of candidates vying over a vacant office. Current Auditor Crit Luallen is term-limited. On the GOP side, John Kemper III won the nomination over Addia Wuchner. Kemper faces Adam Edelen, who was unopposed on the Democratic side.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has won the democratic Secretary of State nomination over incumbent Elaine Walker on the democratic side. Walker has been in the post only a few months. She took over when Trey Grayson left the post to take a job at Harvard. Grimes took around 55 percent of the vote.

The Associated Press unofficially called Bill Johnson the GOP candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State. With nearly all votes counted statewide, Johnson led with just over 50 percent of the vote, ahead of Hilda Legg by less than a percent. Johnson was ahead by just over 1,100 votes as of 9 PM Tuesday. In Johnson’s home of Todd County, he took 83 percent of the vote. It’s unclear if Legg will request a re-canvass.

VOTER TURNOUT

Turnout is expected to be low. Angela Hatton spoke with some likely voters in Murray earlier Tuesday. Unofficial reports as of 9:00 tonight show turnout was 9.28 percent.

ON-SITE REPORTS

Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh is on-site at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Frankfort. McVeigh spoke with Attorney General Jack Conway about the turnout so far.

KPR’s Stu Johnson is in Lexington with the GOP.

Nortonville Voters say No to Alcohol

A wet-dry referendum for the Hopkins County city of Nortonville got an overwhelming “No” vote in tonight’s primary election. As a 5th class city, Nortonville is eligible for moist status. Moist means some restaurants which also sell food could offer alcoholic beverages by the drink. The unofficial result, with 100 percent of votes counted, shows that more than 78 percent voted not to allow liquor by the drink.

GRAPHS

From the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Updated periodically.

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Written by Rose K-P

May 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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