Mail-in ballots counted – Ken wins again
Voice Staff Report
Monday afternoon 1,198 mail-in ballots were counted and added to the total from the June 23rd vote at the Whitley City Fire Department and the walk-in votes at the court house. McCreary County voted a larger than normal number of votes. County Clerk Eric Haynes stated that approximately 30% of registered voters participated in the Primary Election. A total of 3,062 voters either cast their ballots early at the court house, at the Fire House on the 23rd or by mailed-in ballot. The County normally votes around 15% of registered voters in a Primary.
State Representative Ken Upchurch won re-election over challenger Rhett Ramsey by a margin of 1,081 votes. Upchurch garnered a total of 4,357 votes to Ramsey’s 3,276 votes. This was the total votes cast from all 3 counties. McCreary County cast 1,823 votes for Upchurch and 724 votes for Ramsey. The State Representative for the 52nd State District represents McCreary, Wayne and the southern part of Pulaski County.
The County’s results for the GOP incumbents remained the same with President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers easily winning their party’s nomination. Trump garnered 94.36% of the vote, McConnell got 86.03% of the votes and Hal Rogers took 92.10% of the Republican vote in McCreary County. Joe Biden Democrat candidate for president had 60.19% of the votes cast with Bernie Sanders getting 14.81% of the votes.
In the Democrat race for U.S. Senator, Amy McGrath, reportedly spending millions of campaign dollars, barely pulled out a victory in a tight race against Charles Booker. Amy McGrath took 56.09% of the County vote for United States Senator with Charles Booker getting 26.21% of the vote. McGrath will face-off against McConnell in the November General Election.