Election Day coverage and results
While the turnout for Kentucky's 2,944,603 registered voters for yesterday's general election was low, at 28 percent, it was still better than the projections initially forecast. According to the Kentucky State Board of Elections website, Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Magoffin and Knott counties each had 20-30 percent turnout, while Martin county had 10-20 percent. Early predictions were that around around 25 percent would make the trip to the polls.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was re-elected yesterday with 56 percent of the vote to David Williams 35 percent, while independent challenger Gaitwood Galbraith only had 70,244 votes totalling 9 percent. Other statewide races saw Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes defeating Republican Bill Johnson in the race to become Kentucky's new Secretary of State. Grimes had 61 percent of the votes to Johnson's 39 percent. Winning his own, second term, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway defeated Republican contender Todd P'Pool. Conway had 442,757 votes, or 55 percent, to P'Pool's 45 percent of the ballots cast yesterday.
Kentucky remained largely with the Democratic party yesterday as Adam Edelen defeated Republican John T. Kemper III in the race to become Kentucky's next auditor of public accounts. Edelen had 56 percent of the vote to Kemper's 44 percent. And Todd Hollenbach won a second term as Kentucky's treasurer with 49 percent of the vote against K.C. Crosbie's 46 percent, while Libertarian Ken Moellman had only 5 percent. But the GOP was victorious in one race as Republican James Comer defeated Democrat Bob Farmer in the race for Kentucky agriculture commissioner. With 53 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Comer had 263,632, or 63 percent of the vote, to Farmer's 36 percent. It's possible voters shied away from Farmer in part due to his now-infamous stand-up comedy routine that mocked Eastern Kentuckians based on stereotypes, or sided with Comer more due to his experience in agriculture, cattle, and his time as a state representative serving in the Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee and the Tobacco Settlement Funds Agreement Oversight Committee.