U.S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cruises to victory!
As of 11:59pm, McConnell had defeated TEA Party challenger Matt Bevin in a GOP primary for U.S Senate. #TeamMitch will now face liberal Alison Lundergan Grimes. The end tally neared 60% for McConnell, 36% for Bevin.
Challenger Max Wise defeats incumbent Sara Beth Gregory for State Senate seat!
What a squeaker! In one of the most closely watched races of the year, challenger Max Wise pulled off an upset of incumbent Senator Sara Beth Gregory in a newly redrawn district. Though Wise touts the party line, a Gregory loss comes as a shocker to many mainstream activists. Note: With Wise’s election, expanded gaming is a vote closer to a ballot initiative.
Phil Moffett wins tight GOP Primary for State House!
Three years after his defeat in a GOP primary for Governor, Phil Moffett wins a consolation prize in a race for State House. Moffett narrowly defeated former Louisville GOP Chairwoman Shellie May; he will now face Obama-Democrat Ashley Miller in the fall election.
Rep. Addia Wuchner is no stranger to primaries!
Since losing an embarrassing race for State Auditor in 2011, Rep. Addia Wuchner has added two GOP primaries to her resume’. For the second straight cycle, Wuchner has set back a challenge within her own district. This time, she defeats a fmr local Councilman David Martin with 60.71% of the vote. Wuchner is back!
Incumbent Ken Upchurch survives lively challenge!
No stranger to controversy, Rep. Ken Upchurch successfully defended his seat against primary challenger Jessica Burke. Though initially thought to be tight, Upchurch seemed to pull away from Burke in the closing weeks of the campaign. Upchurch returns to Frankfort after receiving 63.98% of the vote.
Sitting Judge Executive Melanie Roberts wins!
In a race vaguely covered, Bullitt County Judge Executive Melanie Roberts fought off local Magistrate & Chair of the County GOP John Bradshaw. Word on the street was that many GOPers were upset with Robert’s leadership, but the numbers told a different story. Roberts was re-elected w/ 63.98% of the vote.
Incumbent Tim Moore wins despite new district lines!
In another tough primary, incumbent Rep. Tim Moore will likely return to Frankfort after winning a hard fought primary against challenger Stephen Meredith. The Republicans of West-Central Kentucky decided to stick with Moore by a slim 52.92%. Meredith fell roughly 400 votes shy of an upset.