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2011 Kentucky General Election Returns
RETURNS REPORTED AS OF 10:30 AM CST, Wed. 11/9:
See the graph below for election returns.
From The Associated Press: Ky.’s Beshear Re-Elected; States Mull Ballot Items
2011 Election Results Are In, Democrats Win Big
Tuesday was a good election night for Kentucky Democrats. Of the six statewide races, only one went to a GOP candidate, Republican James Comer defeating Democrat Bob Farmer for the position of Commissioner of Agriculture. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will remain his post for the next four years in a big win over Republican Senate President David Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith. Click here to read the article.
Holllenbach Wins Treasurer in Close Race
In one of the closest races of the evening, incumbent Democrat Todd Hollenbach won re-election as Kentucky treasurer over GOP challenger K.C. Crosbie.
Auditor Candidate Declares Victory
In Frankfort this evening, Democrat Adam Edelen declared victory over Republican John Kemper. With 58 of precincts reporting, Edelen had 59 percent of the votes, to Kemper’s 41 percent.
AP Calls Att. Gen. Win for Conway
Associated Press calls win for Attorney General Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway wins beating Hopkins County Republican Todd P’Pool.
AP Calls Ag Comm. Race for Comer
Associated Press Calls win for Republican Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who beats Louisville Democrat Bob Farmer.
AP Calls Lundergan Grimes Winner in SOS Race
Dem. Alison Lundergan Grimes wins Ky. secretary of state race over Bill Johnson, a West Kentuckian. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, Grimes had 269,193 votes or 64 percent, to Republican Bill Johnson’s 150,997 votes or 36 percent.
AP Calls Beshear Victor
The Associated Press is calling incumbent Governor Steve Beshear the victor in tonight’s Kentucky General Election.
Voter Turnout in Question
Projected Turnout: 25%
It’s Election Day in Kentucky, but officials say more people will avoid polling places than vote. The projected turnout is about a quarter of registered voters. University of Kentucky political scientist Ernie Yanarella says low numbers favor incumbent Governor Steve Beshear. And Yanarella notes the election still comes down to the state’s political makeup, which features more registered democrats than republicans. Yanarella predicts Senate President David Williams will come in 2nd today with Independent Gatewood Galbraith 3rd. But Yanarella says he wouldn’t be surprised if Galbraith receives as much as nine percent of the vote.
Sources: KY Secretary of State, Kentucky Public Radio, Associated Press
From the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office:
Registered Voters: 2,944,603
Ballots Cast: 844,927
Voter Turnout: 28.69 %
Precincts Partially Reported: 0 of 3572
Precincts Completely Reported: 3572 of 3572
Precincts : 100.00 %
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Check right here on The Front Blog or go to the WKMS web site for Kentucky election results tonight. WKMS News will be monitoring results as they come in and we’ll be updating frequently right here!
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Most of the races have been declared in Kentucky for the 2011 primary election.
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.
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.
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.
WKMS will bring election coverage just after 8 and 9 tonight. You can also check back later this evening for live updates on the blog. To see what’s going on right now around Kentucky, keep reading.
Kentuckians are out at the polls today to vote for candidates for state office, though turnout is low. Secretary of State Elaine Walker has predicted only 9 to 10 percent of registered voters will come out today. The Secretary of State’s office is providing updates throughout the day on their Facebook page, and election coverage is aggregated on Twitter.
At a busy local restaurant this morning, many Murray residents say they’re not sure they’ll make it to the ballot box. Arvie Crafton, a Democrat, says he’s disappointed with primaries for his party. “There’s just nothing to choose from really,” he says. “There’s nothing on the ballot. I’ll probably go, but I don’t feel very motivated to go.”
Restaurant owner Martha Lamb hasn’t made it to the polls yet, but she plans on voting today. She says, “I’m not really involved in politics that much. I maybe—I’m just strongly involved in the way America is being run. I just think it’s awful.” Lamb feels it’s important to effect change through voting.
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. See a sample ballot for DEM and REP. Polls are open until 6 pm.
No. of Precincts Reporting: 24
UNOFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS
Kim McMillan: 10271
Cesar Gabriel Barraza: 243
Shirley J. Braxton: 516
Jeff Burkhart: 8042
Keith Fain: 772
Mike Flood: 148
Jon Lockwood: 167
Gabriel Segovia: 1112
City Council: Clarksville
John McCotter Leckrone: 149
Nick Steward: 326
Deanna McLaughlin (Uncontested): 936
Terrell Clark: 85
Lynn Gray: 115
Marc Harris: 328
Stephanie Huffman: 68
Phillip Tucker: 243
Geno Grubbs: 1040
Bill Harrison: 433
George Avitua: 289
Dustin Gault: 243
Bill Summers: 2363
William Forrester: 804
Kaye Jones: 1273
Rick Reda: 703
Number of Precincts Reporting: 12
Joe F. Campbell (R): 793
Pete Morgan (D): 1337
Magistrates (2nd District)
Kenneth Edmainston (R): 278
George A. Jones (D): 450
Robert D. “Dan” Voegeli: 342
Elaine Forrester: 349
City Commissioners: Fulton (Vote 4)
Mike Farmer: 456
Martha Poe Vowell: 418
David S. Prater Jr.: 458
Alex Noffel, Jr.: 363
Jeff Vaughn: 492
Charles R. Murphy: 256
Justin D Lane: 95
Matthew “Matt” Bing: 213
City Commissioners: Hickman (Vote 4)
Charles Choate: 280
Barbara J. Yandal: 256
Roger Adams: 257
David Lattus: 312
Phillip Williams: 297
Jim Somerfield: 199
John W. Gannon: 236
Uncontested County Races
David Gallagher (D) Uncontested
Richard L. “Rick” Major (D) Uncontested
Betty T. Abernathy (D) Uncontested
Robert “Bobby” Hopper Uncontested
Matt Moss (D) Uncontested
Hunter B. Whitesell II Uncontested
Constable (1st District)
Fred Fahl (D) Uncontested
Constable (2nd District)
Douglas Bradley (D) Uncontested
Constable (3rd District)
Bobby J. Johnson (D) Uncontested
Constable (4th District)
Maurice Dunn (D) Uncontested
Magistrates (1st District)
Billy “Bubba” Nelms Jr. (D) Uncontested
Magistrates (3rd District)
James D. Black Uncontested
Magistrates (4th District)
Henry L. Callison Uncontested
100% of Precincts Reporting
Sandra L. Rheeling (D): 982
John D. Taylor (R): 3498
Steve Russel (Constitution): 365
Floyd W. Sullivan (D): 2701
Debbie Crockett (R): 1885
Joseph V. Miller (Constitution): 258
John A. Barr (D): 1078
Ted Holder (R): 3595
Alan “Al” Rahn (Constitution): 156
Jerel Childers (D): 2402
Jeffrey K. Weber (R): 2163
Betty Jean Varnum (Constitution): 294