Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Kentucky Congressional Seats

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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Kentucky's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
No 6 1(6th)

FRANKFORT: Kentucky: Kentucky has six U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All six U.S. House incumbents face at least two challengers in the general election.

Four of the six Congressional seats are held by Republican incumbents with the other two being held by Democratic incumbents.

There are two congressional races to watch on November 6th. The 4th District is noteworthy due to the early resignation of Representative Geoff Davis (R). The two candidates who were on the general election ballot have been nominated to fill the seat for the remainder of the term in a special election. This is happening on November 6th, in addition to the regular election for this seat's next term. Thomas Massie won the Republican nomination and is favored in the seat. Massie received backing from the Super PAC "Liberty for All" which spent $500,000 in the primary. The 6th District is the only competitive race as rated by the New York Times and the Cook Political Report.

Davis announced his resignation on July 31. Kentucky will hold a special election to fill Davis' seat, which he initially planned to leave at the end of this term.[1][2][3] Davis said a health issue came up in his family, and he chose to resign early in order to focus on his family.[3] He did not specify the health problem.[1]

As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ends in January 2013.[1]The Governor, Steve Beshear (D) chose to schedule the special election on the same date as the general election. Since there is not an additional election date, the district is able to save $500,000 in election costs. The candidates who are scheduled to run in the election are Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Bill Adkins.[4]

In the 6th District, Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler will face Republican challenger Andy Barr in the general election. Barr was narrowly defeated by Chandler by less than 1 percent in the general election in 2010.[5] The two will face off again for the 6th District seat. In the third quarter, Barr outraised Chandler by roughly $300,000.[6] The New York Times race ratings has this race listed as Leaning Democratic[7] and the Cook Political Report race ratings has it listed as a Democratic Toss Up.[8]

In Kentucky, all polls are open from 6 AM to 6 PM, Central and Eastern Time. All those in line by 6:00 PM will be able to vote. Kentucky is split between Eastern and Central time zones.[9]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Kentucky:

Members of the U.S. House from Kentucky -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 1
     Republican Party 4 5
Total 6 6
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved February 2012 

For more information, view Redistricting in Kentucky.


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