With 100 percent of Kentucky’s precincts reporting in Tuesday night’s General Election, the Republican Party finished strong in
every race – except perhaps the crown jewel for the party – the Governor’s race.
By Greg Bird
As of press time Wednesday Incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin is less than 5,000 votes away from his challenger, Democrat Andy Beshear. Though Bevin has yet to concede the race, there are no votes outstanding, so if he hopes to retain his seat for a second term, a recount will have to be called for and several thousand votes found or changed.
Kentucky voters were evenly split between the two candidates, with less than one percent of the total votes separating Bevin and Beshear. Despite extensive political stumping for Bevin from Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump in the days leading up to the election, the Governor appeared unable to overcome the bad blood from teachers over his actions to help solve the state’s pension crisis. Beshear had plenty to overcome as well, particularly his pro-choice stance on abortion, which angered many voters.
Statewide voter turnout was higher than expected, with 42.16 percent of registered voters going to the polls for the election. McCreary County saw a total of 4,809 votes cast, for a 43.27 percent turnout.
Bevin, and his fellow Republicans, had a strong showing in McCreary County as all statewide elections on the local ballot saw the Republican candidate carry at least 68 percent of the total vote.
Bevin, garnered 68.45 percent of the local vote to Beshear’s 28.84. Libertarian candidate John Hicks saw only 126 local votes, or 2.71 percent of the total.
In the Secretary of State race Republican Michael Adams pulled over 80 percent of the local vote over Heather French Henry. Adams also won the overall state vote by more than 5-percent.
Republican Daniel Cameron emerged victorious over Democrat Greg Stumbo to win the Attorney General post. Cameron won the overall election by more than 15 percent, and the McCreary vote by more than 60-percent. Cameron is the first African-American to be elected to the Kentucky Attorney General position.
Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon was re-elected to a second term over challengers, Democrat Sheri Donahue and Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg. Harmon took over 80-percent of the local vote and won the state by over 15 percent.
Treasurer Allison Ball also was re-elected, wining the race against Michael Bowman by more than 20 percent. Ball took more than 82 percent of the McCreary vote.
Ryan Quarles won easily over challengers Robert Conway and Josh Gilpin for the Commissioner of Agriculture vote with a 20-percent margin statewide and pulling more than 79 percent of the vote locally.
In the Court of Appeals 3rd Appellate District Judge race Jacqueline Caldwell held off Michael Caperton with more than 58 percent of the vote locally and a 7 –percent margin of victory in the 27-county vote.