Several Incumbent Kentucky State Lawmakers Face Challenges

May 20, 2014

Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort

Voters heading to the polls in Tuesday's primary election will set the lineup of candidates who will determine in November which party controls the Kentucky House.

Democrats have seen their historic hold on the House dwindle to a 54-46 advantage, and Republicans are making a strong push to consolidate control of the Legislature. The GOP has a firm hold on the Senate. A handful of House incumbents from both parties are facing challengers in Tuesday's primary.

One Democrat facing a tough fight is Rep. Keith Hall, who heads the House Tourism Development and Energy Committee. The Phelps lawmaker is being challenged by Chris Harris, an attorney and Pike County Fiscal Court member.

A hard-fought Senate race pits Republican incumbent Sara Beth Gregory against challenger Max Wise in a southern Kentucky district.