Kentucky voters head to the polls for state executive primaries

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May 17, 2011


by David Godow

FRANKFORT, Kentucky:

Kentuckians will decide seven primary contests today -- four Republican and three Democratic -- across five different statewide executive offices. Polls open at 6AM and close at 6PM.[1]

The general election will be held on November 8, 2011; the last day to register to vote is October 11.

Stay tuned for Ballotpedia's coverage of the results of today's election.

Governor/Lt. Governor

See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011

Polls show State Senate President David Williams and his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer significantly ahead of their opponents. As of February 7, the Williams/Farmer ticket was up as much as 37 points.[2]

Two other Republican teams challenge Williams and Farmer: Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and his running mate, State Rep. Mike Harmon, and the duo of Jefferson County Clerk Barbara Holsclaw and Bill Vermillion, Jr. University of Kentucky political scientists Stephen Voss suggested that "Moffett and Holsclaw [have been] unable to raise the money needed to build up their names among state voters."[3]

Incumbent Governor Steve Beshear is standing unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Attorney General

Both Democratic incumbent Jack Conway and Republican challenger Todd P'Poll are standing unopposed for their party's nomination.

Secretary of State

Both Republican and Democratic primary contests are being held in the race of secretary of state.

Incumbent Elaine Walker, appointed to her post in January to fill the unexpired term of Trey Grayson, is facing off against Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Democratic primary. Grimes has raised substantially more money, raking in $378,600 to Walker's $123,945, and has noted that she is the only "lifelong Democrat and the only lifelong Kentuckian" in the race.[4] Walker, meanwhile, has campaigned on her record as former mayor of Bowling Green.

In the Republican contest, former head of the U.S. Rural Utilities Service Hilda Legg faces former Navy officer Bill Johnson. The Republican candidates have sparred over Legg's proposal to require proof of citizenship to vote in Kentucky.

State Treasurer

Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach is facing a challenge from Hopkinsville businessman Steve Hamrick, who accused Hollenbach of mismanagement and shirking during an April debate. "About the only person who has had a worse year is Tiger Woods," quipped Hamrick, "but Todd's had the opportunity to play more golf than Tiger has."[5]

Republican K.C. Crosbie is running unopposed for that party's nomination.

Auditor of Public Accounts

With incumbent Crit Luallen choosing not to run for re-election, Adam Edelen, former chief of staff for Governor Steve Beshear, is standing unopposed as the Democratic nominee.

Republican voters are choosing between Lexington developer John Kemper and State Rep. Addia Wuchner today.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Incumbent Republican Richie Farmer is unable to run for re-election due to term limits and is standing for Lt. Governor instead.[6]

Five Democrats are jockeying for their party's nomination -- Robert Farmer, Stewart Gritton, John Lackey, David Williams and B.D. Wilson.

Competing for the Republican nomination are State Rep. Jamie Comer and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

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