Kentucky voters head to the polls for state executive primaries
by David Godow
The general election will be held on November 8, 2011; the last day to register to vote is October 11.
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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.
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."
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. 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.
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."
Republican K.C. Crosbie is running unopposed for that party's nomination.
Auditor of Public Accounts
Commissioner of Agriculture
Five Democrats are jockeying for their party's nomination -- Robert Farmer, Stewart Gritton, John Lackey, David Williams and B.D. Wilson.
- Kentucky state executive official elections, 2011
- Kentucky Attorney General
- Kentucky Secretary of State
- Kentucky State Treasurer
- Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts
- Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
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