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Tue December 10, 2013

Republican Miles Apparent Winner In Close 7th District Race

Suzanne Miles
Suzanne Miles
Credit Kentucky Republican Party

Republican Suzanne Miles claimed victory in a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District Tuesday night.

Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Congressman Brett Guthrie, tallied 3,548 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal. Humphrey amassed 3,436 votes. 

Humphrey did not concede the race Tuesday night and the chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party says a re-canvass will be requested. 

The eventual winner will succeed Democrat John Arnold, who stepped down in September amid allegations that he sexually harassed female state House staffers.

A victory by Miles would erode the Kentucky Democratic Party’s margin of control in the House. The Democrats now have 53 seats against the Republicans’ 46. The GOP controls the state Senate.

This report contains material from the Associated Press.