Statewide election results closely resemble Floyd preferences
by Ralph B. Davis
Statewide, election results closely mirrored those in Floyd County.
In the Republican race for nomination for governor and lieutenant governor, David Williams and Richie Farmer coasted to victory, though the margin might have been a little closer than expected. Williams and Farmer brought in 48.22 percent of the vote, with 99.8 percent of precincts reporting. Phil Moffett and Mike Harmon polled second, with 37.98 percent, while Barbara "Bobbie" Holsclaw and Bill Vermillion Jr. ran a distant third, with 13.8 percent.
Williams and Farmer will take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his new appointee for lieutenant governor, former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson, in the November general election.
In the Secretary of State race, Democrats ousted a political appointee in favor of a Lexington lawyer with a politically powerful maiden name. Alison Lundergan Grimes, daughter of former Democratic chairman Jerry Lundergan, bested current Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker by just over 10 percent. Walker was appointed to the position earlier this year, after former Secretary of State Trey Grayson resigned to take another position.
While Grimes has defeated her primary opponent, it might be awhile before she knows her opponent in the fall. Republicans Bill Johnson and Hilda Legg squared off to a virtual tie. At press time, Johnson who was given the nod by Floyd County Republicans held on to a tenuous 102-vote lead, out of 131,714 votes cast, though seven precincts had yet to report.
In the race for auditor, Republicans nominated John T. Kemper III to square off in November against Democrat Adam Edelen, who was unopposed in the primary. Kemper gained the nomination behind a comfortable 15-point win over his opponent, Addia Kathryn Wuchner.
In the race for state treasurer, incumbent L.J. "Todd" Hollenbach not only survived a primary challenge, he did so in a landslide. Hollenbach took in over 70 percent of the vote, as Democrats preferred him over opponent Steve Hamrick.
Hollenbach will face Lexington urban-county councilwoman K.C. Crosbie in the fall. Crosbie had no competition in the primary.
Finally, in the Secretary of Agriculture race, Democrat Robert "Bob" Farmer nosed a crowded field of rivals. He will take on Republican James R. Comer, who easily defeated Rob Rothenburger by a 2-to-1 margin.
While only 9 percent of Floyd County voters bothered to go to the polls in Tuesday's low-interest election, their counterparts statewide didn't a whole lot better. The Secretary of State's Office reported that statewide turnout was 10.34 percent.
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