A longtime member of the Kentucky Senate and a political newcomer running for the state House aren't conceding after Tuesday's election results showed them trailing their opponents by slim margins. Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville said Wednesday he will request a recanvass of votes. He trailed Republican challenger Whitney Westerfield by 297 votes out of 36,617 cast.
Democrat Joe Donnelly pulled off what was once thought unthinkable: winning Indiana's U.S. Senate race over Republican Richard Mourdock. Now that he's moving from the U.S. House to the U.S. Senate, Donnelly sat down with the Indianapolis Star to talk about what he aims to accomplish when the next Congress is sworn in.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes had predicted Kentucky's voter turnout Tuesday would be as high as 64%. But according to the Secretary of State's website, about 59.2% of Kentucky's registered voters cast their ballots.
Kentucky voters have approved a measure that makes hunting and fishing a constitutional right in the state. With 25 percent of the vote counted Tuesday night, the constitutional amendment received approval from 307,765 voters, or 84.7 percent, and was rejected by 55,350, or 15.2 percent.
Kentucky Republicans have fallen well short of their goal of winning 10 seats and taking control of the state House. Overall, it was a great night for Kentucky Republicans, who narrowed their minority in the House. And even though they remain the minority, GOP spokesman Joe Burgan says his party has reason to celebrate.
Kentucky Republicans had their sights set on winning control of the state House for the first time in 91 years. To do so, they needed to knock off several Democratic incumbents in our listening area. The following Democrats held on to their seats Tuesday evening:
The Courier-Journal and NPR have both called Kentucky's 6th U.S. House race for Republican Andy Barr. That's a GOP pickup, meaning five of the state's six House seats are held by Republicans. Barr lost to Chandler by less than 700 votes two years ago, but he has now defeated the Democratic moderate and son of a former Kentucky Governor.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are just as anxious to know the outcome of their races as they are for the White House. A Senate takeover is highly important to conservatives who want to repeal the federal health care law.