2014 Election

Politics
5:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Paul Urges Kentucky GOP To Rally Around McConnell

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul is calling for Republicans across Kentucky to support Sen. Mitch McConnell in his campaign against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
 
The first-term senator, considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Friday that a vote for Grimes would be a vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his policy of advancing President Barack Obama's agenda.
 
McConnell says he has not spoken to Matt Bevin since defeating him in Tuesday's Republican primary. But he says he was not worried about losing Republican votes in the general election.

Grimes released an open letter to Bevin's supporters on Friday saying McConnell will lie about her in campaign ads just as he lied about Bevin. She urged them to get to know her and her true positions.

Politics
10:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Some Groups That Supported Bevin Closing Ranks, Backing McConnell in Senate General Election

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has already picked up the support of several right-wing groups that supported his primary opponent.
Credit WKU PBS

Several right-wing groups that backed the Tea Party challenger against Senator Mitch McConnell have announced they will now support the Senate Minority Leader. The news represents the kind of unity that is important for McConnell as he takes on Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

With the primary now in the rearview mirror, both the McConnell and Grimes campaigns can now focus 100 percent of their attention on winning the November general election.

For McConnell, one of the top items on his campaign’s to-do list is repairing relationships with Tea Party and conservative groups that backed his primary opponent, Matt Bevin. Those efforts are already bearing fruit, as Politico reports the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, and FreedomWorks have said they will support McConnell in his re-election effort.

Several of the groups took credit for moving McConnell to the right during his primary campaign.

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Politics
5:23 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Primary Voter Turnout Even Lower Than Predicted

Candidates, friends and family hold signs at the corner of Scottsville Road and Nashville Road in Bowling Green on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Credit Abbey Oldham

There was light voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election; just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot.

Little over a quarter of the state’s record 3.1 million registered voters participated in the primary, which decided hundreds of races across the Commonwealth.

Turnout was highest in some Eastern Kentucky counties, most notably those in which the Kentucky Attorney General's office says instances of vote buying were highest.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who won her Democratic primary in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, correctly predicted that turnout would not rise above 30 percent.

Politics
4:51 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Now That It's Official, How Will McConnell-Grimes Contest Play Out?

Kentucky voters return to the polls Nov. 4 to choose between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Credit Abbey Oldham

A look ahead at November's McConnell-Grimes Senate Matchup

With Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary now behind them, Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes can now invest 100 percent of their time, effort, and money into the November 4 general election.

Sen. McConnell beat Tea Party activist and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the GOP primary by about 25 points, and Grimes easily won her party’s contest.

While he ultimately lost, Bevin’s candidacy exposed divisions within the Kentucky Republican Party that Democrats hope will benefit them in the fall.

A great deal of attention is now going to be paid to efforts by the McConnell campaign and its supporters to heal any lingering wounds between so-called “establishment” Republicans and Tea Partiers. At rallies across Kentucky in recent months, Tea Party supporters have assailed the Senate Minority Leader as someone who talks like a conservative while in the commonwealth, but votes with liberals when in Washington.

Bobby Alexander, with the Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots, told WKU Public Radio at a recent rally in Elizabethtown that McConnell has forgotten what it means to be a Republican.

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Politics
3:40 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wise Defeats Incumbent Gregory in Kentucky 16th Senate Seat GOP Primary

The challenger in Kentucky’s 16th Senate GOP primary defeated the incumbent in Tuesday’s election.

Max Wise of Campbellsville defeated Senator Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello, with Wise take 54 percent of the vote to Gregory's 46 percent. The 38-year-old Wise teaches political science at Campbellsville University, and faces no Democratic opponent in the November general election.

Gregory has served in the Senate since 2012 when she won a special election to fill the seat left vacant by then-Senate President David Williams, who took a judgeship.

The 16th Senate District covers Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties.

Politics
9:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Warren County Voters Set November Field for Family Court Judge, City Commission Races

Pat Devlin of Bowling Green and her granddaughter, Anniston Goolesby, 9, of Rockfield hold campaign signs for Alan Blythe, Devlin’s coworker, at the corner of Scottsville Road and Lover’s Lane on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Credit Abbey Oldham

Warren County voters have set the field for some important local November matchups.

David Lanphear emerged at the top vote-getter in a five-way primary for Warren County Family Court Judge. Rebecca Adams Simpson came in second place, only one point behind Lanphear.

Lanphear and Adams Simpson both move on to the November general election. The judgeship was formerly held by Margaret Huddleston, who died from cancer in January.

Of the nine candidates for Bowling Green City Commission, eight will compete in the fall, and ultimately four will be elected. Incumbent Joe Denning received the most votes, followed closely behind incumbent Melinda Hill and challenger Sue Perrigin.

Rounding out the field that will appear on the November ballot are Rick Williams, Slim Nash, Mike Clark, Mark Bradford, and Don Langley.

Politics
5:35 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Live Blog: Kentucky Primary Election Results

Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Update: 10:00 p.m.: Warren County voters have set the field for some important local November matchups.

David Lanphear emerged at the top vote-getter in a five-way primary for Warren County Family Court Judge. Rebecca Adams Simpson came in second place, only one point behind Lanphear.

Lanphear and Adams Simpson both move on to the November general election. The judgeship was formerly held by Margaret Huddleston, who died from cancer in January.

Of the nine candidates for Bowling Green City Commission, eight will compete in the fall, and ultimately four will be elected. Incumbent Joe Denning received the most votes, followed closely behind incumbent Melinda Hill and challenger Sue Perrigin.

Rounding out the field that will appear on the November ballot are Rick Williams, Slim Nash, Mike Clark, Mark Bradford, and Don Langley.

Update: 9:59 p.m. A Hardin County Republican House incumbent has held on against a strong primary challenger. Elizabethtown Rep. Tim Moore defeated Stephen Meredith 53-47 percent. Moore is a U.S. Air Force Reserve pilot who has represented the 26th House district since 2007.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

It's Primary Election Day in Kentucky: Here Are State Legislature Primaries to Watch

Kentucky's primary election is Tuesday, May 20.

With an expected 30 percent (or less) voter turnout in Tuesday's primary elections, about 930,000 Kentuckians will take to the polls to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot during this fall's general election.

Kentucky political observers will be looking to see what impact the election's outcome will have on the Kentucky Democratic Party's bid to retain control of the state House against a Republican challenge.

With 23 seats contested in the House, here's a quick look at some of the races that will add clarity to that question:

District 10. Western Kentucky state Rep. Ben Waide, a Republican, has announced he'll be seeking Hopkins County judge-executive post, leaving the field wide open to three Republicans and a lone Democrat vying for a chance to replace him. Waide replaced longtime Democratic incumbent Eddie Ballard in 2010, besting Democratic opponent Michael Duncan by 1,596 votes. Democrats will be eager to win this seat back despite its newfound Republican leanings.

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Politics
9:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Several Incumbent Kentucky State Lawmakers Face Challenges

Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort
Credit ky.gov

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.

Regional
3:41 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Attorney General Encourages Public To Report Any Voter Fraud

Federal and state law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud Tuesday as Kentucky voters go to the polls for a primary election.

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud. 

"In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems.  That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

Conway says his office has a team of investigators who work with both U.S. Attorney's Offices, Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement.  Once a tip comes in, the AG says teams go to the site as soon as possible.   

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