Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

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Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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The Republican Party had a comfortable hold on the Kentucky State Senate and positioned itself for a fight for the State House. The Republicans were down eight seats, so they would have needed to take five new ones to obtain a majority. Kentucky was one of two instances, along with New Hampshire, where Republicans could have taken the legislature in a state with a Democratic governor.[1]

Redistricting completed in 2013 presented a challenge to this outcome. Two incumbent Republicans, Bart Rowland and Russell Webber, faced opponents in the general election because of redistricting. On the other hand, two incumbent Democrats were vulnerable; Richard Henderson because of controversy surrounding illegal cockfighting, and Jim Glenn because his past two elections were very close.[2] Only one of these four, Henderson, lost his seat.

There was a historical hurdle to overcome as well; Republicans had not held the Kentucky House since 1921.[3]

In 51 of the 100 districts up for election in 2014, there was more than one major party candidate running for election. Twenty-five Democrats and 24 Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

The Kentucky House of Representatives was one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. The Kentucky House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of eight seats, which amounted to 8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 12 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were four districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another 10 districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Kentucky House of Representatives. There was no change to the chamber's composition, with the Democratic Party maintain its control of the chamber with 54 seats. The Republican Party maintained control of 46 seats.

Incumbents retiring

A total of seven incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Ben Waide Ends.png Republican House District 10
C. Embry, Jr. Ends.png Republican House District 17
Dwight Butler Ends.png Republican House District 18
Julie Adams Ends.png Republican House District 32
Robert Damron Electiondot.png Democratic House District 39
John Stacy Electiondot.png Democratic House District 71
Jesse Crenshaw Electiondot.png Democratic House District 77

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives:

Kentucky House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 54 54
     Republican Party 46 46
Total 100 100

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[4]

  • At least 24 years of age at the time of the election
  • A citizen of Kentucky
  • Resided in the state 2 years preceding the election
  • Resided in the district for the last year
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 49 of the 100 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 25 Democrats and 24 Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 51 of the 100 districts up for election. Four of those seats held competitive elections in 2012 with a margin of victory ranging from 0 to 5 percent. Three other elections were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent. Those districts were:

Competitive

  • District 7: Incumbent Suzanne Miles (R) defeated John Warren (D) in the general election. Miles won election in a 2013 special election after former incumbent John Arnold, Jr. (D) left office. Arnold won by a margin of victory of 0.03 percent in 2012.
  • District 13: Incumbent James Glenn, Jr. (D) defeated challenger Jeremy Warfield in the Democratic primary. Glenn defeated Alan Braden (R) in the general election. Glenn won by a margin of victory of 2 percent in 2012.
  • District 27: Incumbent Jeff Greer (D) defeated challenger Rachelle Frazier (R) in the general election. Greer won by a margin of victory of 2 percent in 2012.
  • District 91: Incumbent Hubert Collins (D) defeated challenger Sid Allen (D) in the Democratic primary. Bobby W. McCool defeated Dewie Ison and William Scott Wells in the Republican primary. Collins won by a margin of victory of 1 percent in 2012.

Mildly competitive

  • District 49: This seat was open, as incumbent Russell Webber (R) ran for re-election in District 26. Linda Howlett Belcher defeated Jonathan Cacciatore in the Democratic primary, while Michael J. Nemes was unopposed in the Republican primary. Webber won by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.
  • District 50: Incumbent David Floyd (R) defeated challenger Audrey Haydon (D) in the general election. Floyd won by a margin of victory of 7 percent in 2012.
  • District 56: Incumbent James Kay (D) defeated challenger Ryan Schwartz (R) in the general election. Kay won election in a 2013 special election after former incumbent Carl Rollins, II (D) left office. Rollins won by a margin of victory of 7 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of 11 incumbents faced primary competition on May 20. Seven incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 82 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. One incumbent, W. Keith Hall (D), was defeated in his primary. The state representatives that faced competition included:

Retiring incumbents

Seven incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 93 (93.0%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and four Republicans, can be found above.

Context

A Ballotpedia analysis of partisan balance between 1992 and 2013 showed that Democrats held the House for the entire period. Furthermore, Republicans had not controlled the House since 1921;[3] Kentucky and West Virginia were the last two "Solid South" states to still have Democratic control of the state House.[5] Kentucky was one of three states with split control of the state legislature; Iowa and New Hampshire were the other two.[6]

With redistricting having been completed in 2013 to the benefit of Democrats, five Republican incumbents were forced to run in new districts, though only two, Bart Rowland and Russell Webber, faced opposition in the general election. Their moves set the stage for two-challenger general election contests in Districts 49 and 53.[2][7]

House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover (R), who had expressed interest in the role of Speaker should his party gain control, had noted that Republicans were targeting western districts, naming Democratic incumbents Jim Glenn, Gerald Watkins and Jim Gooch explicitly.[8]

In addition to maintaining four seats left by outgoing incumbents, Republicans required five new seats in order to take over the chamber. The implications of the State House race were not lost on outside groups, as a Republican PAC, AmeriGOP, hired a former aide to Mitt Romney to direct its fundraising efforts, and the Democratic group Kentucky Family Values set forth to counter an influx of money from out-of state donors.[5][9] Rand Paul (R), one of the state's two U.S. Senators, was active in fundraising for candidates and groups including AmeriGOP, which pursues the passage of right-to-work legislation and the repeal of prevailing wage.[10] Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2012 presidential candidate, was also booked to appear at an October 25 fundraiser for the Kentucky Rise PAC.[11]

Republicans did not need to win all nine seats to gain control before the Kentucky General Assembly reconvened. Scott Lasley, a political science professor who chairs the Warren County Republican Party, suggested that conservative Democrats may have switched party affiliation to the GOP after the election if Republicans reduced their deficit by enough members.[12] An example of party defection can be found in Louisiana, where a number of conservative Democrats responded to their party's midterm defeat in 2010 by leaving for the GOP, giving it the majority in the state House for the first time since Reconstruction despite legislative elections not being held there that year.[13] In 2012, Democrats won control of the New York State Senate in the elections, but lost it again after several Democrats joined with Republicans to form a new majority caucus while maintaining their party affiliation.[14]

Races to Watch

The following table details the key races in the November 4 general election for the Kentucky House of Representatives and the 2012 margin of victory for the district.

2014 Races to Watch, Kentucky House of Representatives
District Candidate 1 Candidate 2 Margin of Victory (2012)
District 3 Gerald Watkins (D) Randy Bridges (R) D+19%
District 7 John Warren (D) Suzanne Miles (R) D+0.03%
District 10 Dean Schamore (D) Alan Claypool (R) R+21%
District 13 Jim Glenn (D) Alan Braden (R) D+2%
District 32 Ashley Miller (D) Phil Moffett (R) --
District 49 Linda Belcher (D) Mike Nemes (R) R+6%
District 50 Audrey Haydon (D) David Floyd (R) R+7%
District 55 Jacqueline Coleman (D) Kim King (R) R+22%
District 74 Richard Henderson (D) David Hale (R) --
Bold=Incumbent
  • District 7: Republican incumbent Suzanne Miles ran for her first full term in the House, having narrowly won a special election to replace John Arnold (D), who resigned in September 2013 after ethics complaints of sexually harassing members of House staff. Arnold's 2012 margin of victory was a mere five votes (0.03 percent), and although Republicans cast Miles' special election victory as a harbinger of a partisan shift in 2014, her margin of victory over Kim Humphrey (D) was slim at 112 votes (1.6 percent).[16][3] Miles defeated John Warren (D) in the general election.
  • District 10: An open seat left by Dwight Butler (R), Democrats heavily targeted the district, which leaned in their favor after redistricting. Both businessmen, Dean Schamore (D) outraised Alan Claypool (R) about six-and-a-half times by the primary.[17] Schamore defeated Claypool in the general election.
  • District 13: Incumbent Jim Glenn (D) ran for his fifth term, but his prior two victories came at slim margins of 251 and 206 votes, respectively. (The 2010 campaign was a rematch of the 2008 election, in which Glenn defeated Ben Boarman (R) by a much greater margin of nearly 4,100 votes, and the 2012 campaign saw a strong challenge from an independent, Bill Barron.) After handily defeating Jeremy Warfield in the May 20 primary, Glenn defeated Alan Braden (R) in the general election.[2]
  • District 32: Ashley Miller, a nurse practitioner and former Ms. Kentucky United States, had support from Emerge America, a progressive group that trains women to run for office; she was defeated by 2011 gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett (R) for the open seat, which had been held by a Republican for over a decade.[18][19] In July, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R) threw his support behind Moffett, who did not have the financial benefit of running unopposed in the primary.[20]
  • District 49: Two former state representatives faced off for an open seat deemed crucial to Republican efforts to take control of the chamber. While the district was considered conservative, Linda Belcher (D) outraised Mike Nemes (R) by nearly two times by early July.[15] Belcher defeated Nemes in the general election.
  • District 50: Audrey Haydon, an Emerge candidate, had outraised incumbent David Floyd (R) almost five times over early on in the election.[18] However, Floyd lent $35,000 to his campaign after the primary, and he had defeated well-funded opponents in previous years.[15] Haydon was no exception, and Floyd pulled through the general election.
  • District 55: Jacqueline Coleman (D) had doubled the funds of incumbent Kim King (R) early on;[17] by early July, the gap had closed slightly to $36,000 over King's $22,000. Coleman, a teacher, is the daughter of former state Rep. Jack Coleman.[15] This race was only one of two House contests featuring two women; the General Assembly was 16 percent female heading into the elections.[21] King dispatched Coleman in the general election.
  • District 74: While incumbent Richard Henderson (D) won re-election entirely unopposed in 2012, a video from a pro-cockfighting rally showing him admitting to attending and betting on cockfights, which are illegal in Kentucky, proved a contentious issue in his race against David Hale (R). The video was seen as contributing to the primary defeat of U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin (R), who also spoke at the rally.[22][2] Henderson was defeated by Hale in the general election.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Republican Party Steven Jack Rudy Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Richard Heath Approveda - Incumbent Heath was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jesse Wright: 6,258
Republican Party Richard Heath: 9,181 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Gerald Watkins Approveda - Incumbent Watkins was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gerald Watkins: 7,153 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Randy Bridges: 6,188

District 4

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Lynn Bechler Approveda - Incumbent Bechler was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jarrod H. Jackson: 6,748
Republican Party Lynn Bechler: 8,328 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: David L. Harrington withdrew from the primary.

Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Kenny Imes Approveda - Incumbent Imes was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kenny Imes Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Will R. Coursey Approveda - Incumbent Courey was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Will R. Coursey: 10,041 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Keith Travis: 7,745

District 7

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Suzanne Miles Approveda - Incumbent Miles was first elected to the chamber in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Warren: 7,241
Republican Party Suzanne Miles: 8,343 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • John Tilley Approveda - Incumbent Tilley was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Tilley Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Myron B. Dossett Approveda - Incumbent Dossett was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Myron B. Dossett Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Seiber withdrew before the general election.

District 10

Note: Incumbent Ben Waide (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dean Schamore: 8,099 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Alan Claypool: 7,002

District 11

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David A. Watkins: 8,435 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul A. DeSpain: 4,856

District 12

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Gooch, Jr. Approveda - Incumbent Gooch was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Gooch, Jr.: 9,465 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dianne Burns Mackey: 6,320

District 13

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Glenn: 6,253 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Alan Braden: 5,708

District 14

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Tommy Thompson Approveda - Incumbent Thompson was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tommy Thompson: 10,202 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marian Turley: 6,315

District 15

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Brent Yonts Approveda - Incumbent Yonts was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brent Yonts Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martha Jane King: 6,804 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Jason Petrie: 4,632

District 17

Note: Incumbent C. Embry, Jr. (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jim DeCesare Approveda - Incumbent DeCesare was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim DeCesare Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent Dwight Butler (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

Note: Craig Davis withdrew from the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tim Moore Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Wayne Smith: 4,914
Republican Party Michael Lee Meredith: 8,165 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Jody Richards Approveda - Incumbent Richards was first elected to the chamber in 1976.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jody Richards: 6,237 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jenean M. Hampton: 3,610

District 21

Note: Incumbent Jim DeCesare (R) won re-election unopposed in District 17.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Bart Rowland Approveda - Incumbent Rowland was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Choate: 6,391
Republican Party Bart Rowland: 8,613 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Wilson Stone Approveda - Incumbent Stone was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wilson Stone Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Johnny W. Bell Approveda - Incumbent Bell was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Johnny W. Bell: 7,504 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jeff Jobe: 6,310

District 24

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Terry Mills Approveda - Incumbent Mills was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

Note: Amber Rogers Dones withdrew from the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry Mills: 8,254 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party J. Alex LaRue: 6,860

District 25

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jimmie Lee: 6,810
Republican Party Jim DuPlessis: 7,058 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent Tim Moore (R) ran for re-election in District 18.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party J. Scott Wantland: 4,972
Republican Party Russell Webber: 6,941 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Jeff Greer Approveda - Incumbent Greer was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Greer: 7,036 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rachelle Frazier: 5,346

District 28

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: Joseph K. Mouser withdrew from the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles W. Miller Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dave Stengel: 8,050
Republican Party Kevin D. Bratcher: 8,892 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Tom Burch Approveda - Incumbent Burch was first elected to the chamber in 1978.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

Note: Krueger was disqualified following the primary; a court ruled that he did not live in the district.[23]

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Burch Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Riggs Approveda - Incumbent Riggs was first elected to the chamber in 1990.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Riggs: 9,315 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nicholas X. Simon: 6,037

District 32

Note: Incumbent Julie Adams (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ashley Miller: 7,939
Republican Party Phil Moffett: 9,078 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Ron Crimm Approveda - Incumbent Crimm was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ron Crimm Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Lou Marzian Approveda - Incumbent Marzian was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Lou Marzian: 13,830 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael McNair: 6,160

District 35

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Wayne Approveda - Incumbent Wayne was first elected to the chamber in 1990.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Wayne: 7,781 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Carl Nett: 5,566

District 36

Note: Incumbent Jonathan Shell (R) ran for re-election in District 71.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Debbie Barber: 5,975
Republican Party Jerry T. Miller: 13,162 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeffery M. Donohue Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Wilson withdrew on October 8, 2014.

District 38

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Denver "Denny" Butler Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Note: Incumbent Robert Damron (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Russ Meyer: 7,836 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jonah Mitchell: 6,246

District 40

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dennis L. Horlander: 7,427 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ronald Seiter: 2,679

District 41

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Tom Riner Approveda - Incumbent Riner was first elected to the chamber in 1982.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom Riner Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Reginald K. Meeks: 11,296 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James F. Howland: 1,558

District 43

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Darryl T. Owens Approveda - Incumbent Owens was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Darryl T. Owens: 9,864 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Corley Everett: 3,367

District 44

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Joni Jenkins Approveda - Incumbent Jenkins was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joni Jenkins Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Stan Lee Approveda - Incumbent Lee was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stan Lee Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Clark Approveda - Incumbent Clark was first elected to the chamber in 1984.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Clark: 8,288 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Rainey: 4,454

District 47

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Rick W. Rand Approveda - Incumbent Rand was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick W. Rand Green check mark transparent.png

District 48

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Bob M. DeWeese Approveda - Incumbent DeWeese was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gretchen Hunt: 8,562
Republican Party Bob M. DeWeese: 11,371 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Note: Incumbent Russell Webber (R) ran for re-election in District 26.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Howlett Belcher: 6,675 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael J. Nemes: 5,938

District 50

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • David Floyd Approveda - Incumbent Floyd was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Audrey Haydon: 6,947
Republican Party David Floyd: 7,933 Green check mark transparent.png

District 51

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party John "Bam" Carney Green check mark transparent.png

District 52

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ken Upchurch Green check mark transparent.png

District 53

Note: Incumbent Bart Rowland (R) ran for re-election in District 21.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kent Stevens: 7,291
Republican Party James A. Tipton: 9,836 Green check mark transparent.png

District 54

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Mike Harmon Approveda - Incumbent Harmon was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Harmon Green check mark transparent.png

District 55

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Kim King Approveda - Incumbent King was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jacqueline Coleman: 5,927
Republican Party Kim King: 11,110 Green check mark transparent.png

District 56

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • James Kay Approveda - Incumbent Kay was first elected to the chamber in 2013.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Kay: 9,668 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ryan Schwartz: 6,498

District 57

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Derrick W. Graham Green check mark transparent.png

District 58

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Brad Montell Approveda - Incumbent Montell was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Brad Montell Green check mark transparent.png

District 59

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • David W. Osborne Approveda - Incumbent Osborne was first elected to the chamber in 2005.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Victor Ewen: 4,447
Republican Party David W. Osborne: 12,235 Green check mark transparent.png

District 60

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Sal Santoro Approveda - Incumbent Santoro was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sal Santoro Green check mark transparent.png

District 61

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Brian E. Linder Approveda - Incumbent Linder was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Brian E. Linder Green check mark transparent.png

District 62

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Ryan F. Quarles Approveda - Incumbent Quarles was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chuck Tackett: 6,439
Republican Party Ryan F. Quarles: 9,163 Green check mark transparent.png

District 63

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Diane St. Onge Approveda - Incumbent St. Onge was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

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District 64

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Thomas Robert Kerr Green check mark transparent.png

District 65

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Arnold R. Simpson Green check mark transparent.png

District 66

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Addia Kathryn Wuchner Green check mark transparent.png

District 67

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Dennis Keene Approveda - Incumbent Keene was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

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District 68

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shae Hornback: 4,535
Republican Party Joseph M. Fischer: 12,606 Green check mark transparent.png

District 69

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Adam Koenig Approveda - Incumbent Koenig was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

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District 70

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mitchel B. "Mike" Denham Green check mark transparent.png

District 71

Note: Incumbent John Stacy (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jonathan Shell Approveda - Incumbent Shell was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jonathan Shell Green check mark transparent.png

District 72

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Sannie Overly Approveda - Incumbent Overly was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sannie Overly: 8,846 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dwaine Curran: 4,794

District 73

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Donna Mayfield Approveda - Incumbent Mayfield was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bonnie R. Hummel: 5,656
Republican Party Donna Mayfield: 8,590 Green check mark transparent.png

District 74

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Richard Henderson Approveda - Incumbent Henderson was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Henderson: 7,453
Republican Party David Hale: 8,346 Green check mark transparent.png

District 75

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Kelly Flood Approveda - Incumbent Flood was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

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District 76

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Ruth Ann Palumbo Approveda - Incumbent Palumbo was first elected to the chamber in 1990.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruth Ann Palumbo: 8,138 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard Marrs: 5,622

District 77

Note: Incumbent Jesse Crenshaw (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George A. Brown Jr. Green check mark transparent.png

District 78

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas M. McKee Approveda - Incumbent McKee was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas M. McKee: 6,519 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Hart: 5,550

District 79

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Susan Westrom Approveda - Incumbent Westrom was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Westrom: 8,473 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ken Kearns II: 5,321

District 80

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • David Meade Approveda - Incumbent Meade was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Meade Green check mark transparent.png

District 81

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Rita H. Smart Approveda - Incumbent Smart was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

Note: Bonnie Linnemeier withdrew from the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rita H. Smart: 7,318 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party C. Wesley Morgan: 5,167

District 82

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Regina Petry Bunch Green check mark transparent.png

District 83

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Hoover Approveda - Incumbent Hoover was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeff Hoover Green check mark transparent.png

District 84

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fitz Steele Green check mark transparent.png

District 85

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Tommy Turner Approveda - Incumbent Turner was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tommy Turner Green check mark transparent.png

District 86

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jim Stewart Approveda - Incumbent Stewart was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Stewart Green check mark transparent.png

District 87

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Rick Nelson Approveda - Incumbent Nelson was first elected to the chamber in 2000.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick Nelson Green check mark transparent.png

District 88

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Creasa E. Reed: 6,473
Republican Party Robert J. Benvenuti III: 11,592 Green check mark transparent.png

District 89

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joey Jayson Taylor II: 4,116
Republican Party Marie L. Rader: 9,677 Green check mark transparent.png

District 90

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Tim Couch Approveda - Incumbent Couch was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tim Couch: 10,335 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Darrell Mills: 2,024

District 91

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cluster Howard: 6,937 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary "Toby" Herald: 6,923

District 92

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • John W. Short Approveda - Incumbent Short was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John W. Short Green check mark transparent.png

District 93

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Harris Green check mark transparent.png

District 94

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Leslie A. Combs Approveda - Incumbent Combs was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Leslie A. Combs Green check mark transparent.png

District 95

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gregory D. Stumbo Green check mark transparent.png

District 96

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:

Note: Derrick E. Willis withdrew from the primary.

Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jill York Approveda - Incumbent York was first elected to the chamber in 2009.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barry Webb: 5,991
Republican Party Jill York: 7,541 Green check mark transparent.png

District 97

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Hubert Collins: 8,915 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bobby W. McCool: 5,199

District 98

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Tanya Pullin Approveda - Incumbent Pullin was first elected to the chamber in 2000.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tanya Pullin Green check mark transparent.png

District 99

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Rocky Adkins Approveda - Incumbent Adkins was first elected to the chamber in 1986.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rocky Adkins Green check mark transparent.png

District 100

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin P. Sinnette Green check mark transparent.png

See also

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  13. Los Angeles Times, "Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South," February 6, 2011
  14. The New York Times, "Coalition Is to Control State Senate as Dissident Democrats Join With Republicans," December 4, 2012
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  22. WAVE, "Politicians at cockfighting rally caught on video," April 25, 2014
  23. The Courier-Journal, "Rep. Tom Burch's opponent tossed from the ballot," June 5, 2014