2012 elections review: One incumbent toppled in Kentucky primaries
Besides picking presidential nominations, Kentucky voters selected primary winners in congressional and state legislative primaries. Here's a recap of what happened.
|Contested Primaries in Kentucky -- May 22, 2012|
| U.S. House
| State Legislature |
|Total Democratic Contested Primaries||4 (66.66%)||15 (12.61%)|
|Total Republican Contested Primaries||2 (33.33%)||24 (20.17%)|
All five of Kentucky incumbents running for re-election held onto their seats in the yesterday's primary elections. Four of the five incumbents running for re-election in the primaries ran unopposed, with only 3rd district Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth faced competition from a challenger.
In the 1st district Democratic primary, candidate Charles Kendall Hatchett defeated James Buckmaster to advance on the Democratic ticket to the general election. Hatchett will face Republican incumbent Ed Whitfield on November 6. Buckmaster previously ran in 2010 on the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senate. He was defeated by Jack Conway in the Democratic primary.
Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie ran unopposed in the Republican primary in the 2nd district. He will face Democratic challenger David Lynn Williams in the general election on November 6. Williams also ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
3rd district incumbent John Yarmuth defeated challenger Burrel Charles Farnsley in the Democratic primary and will take on Republican candidate Brooks Wicker in the general election. Wicker ran unopposed in the primary. He ran previously for the 3rd district seat in 2010, but was defeated by Todd Lally in the Republican primary.
The open seat in the 4th district caused by the retirement of Republican incumbent Geoff Davis led to a primary battle on the Republican ticket. Thomas Massie defeated six competitors, Gary Moore, Alecia Webb-Edgington, Tom Wurtz, Brian Oerther, Marc Carey, and Walter Christian Schumm, to advance to the general election. On the Democratic ticket, candidate Bill Adkins defeated Greg Frank for the nomination.
Kentucky's 5th district Democratic primary was a close race between candidates Kenneth Stepp and Michael Ackerman. In the end, Stepp defeated Ackerman to advance to the general election to take on Republican incumbent Hal Rogers. Rogers ran unopposed in the primary.
In the 6th district, Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler will face Republican candidate Andy Barr in the general election. Barr defeated Curtis Kenimer and Patrick J. Kelley II in the Republican primary. Barr was narrowly defeated by Chandler by less than 1 percent in the general election in 2010. The two will face off again for the 6th district seat.
|Members of the U.S. House from Kentucky -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Three Republican senators faced a primary challenge, all from tea party supporters. In each case, the incumbent easily won. These include:
- District 9: David P. Givens defeated Don M. Butler, II, a former Metcalf County Judge-Executive who had outraised Givens by nearly double. Givens is unopposed in the general election.
- District 11: Incumbent John Schickel idefeated Joshua Turner, a young aerospace worker. Schickel is also unopposed in the general election.
- District 17: Incumbent Damon Thayer defeated tea party supporter Rick Hostetler. Thayer faces a challenge in the general election from Democrat David Holcomb.
|Kentucky State Senate|
|Party||As of November 5, 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Over in the House one incumbent, Democrat Wade Hurt, was defeated in the primary. Challenger Jeffery M. Donohue took the race by a wide margin in what was a rematch of the 2010 election. At that time Hurt was a Republican and was set to face the Democratic candidate Donohue in the general election. However, a judge ruled Donohue ineligble for failing to acquire the necessary number of signatures. While his name appeared on the ballot, his votes did not ultimately count.  Hurt went on to win the election unopposed, after which he switched his party affiliation to Democratic, saying it would allow him to better serve his district. Other noteworthy races include:
- District 16: In a close race, unofficial results show Republican Chris Hightower defeated Kent Wilson by a margin of 412 – 359.
- District 19: Former representative Dottie J. Sims defeated Phinis Vernon Hundley in the Democratic primary. Sims now has the chance to win back the seat from Republican incumbent Michael Lee Meredith, who took it from her in 2010.
- District 61: In another close race, Brian E. Linder defeated Scott Bruce by under 100 votes in the Republican primary.
|Kentucky House of Representatives|
|Party||As of November 5, 2012||After the 2012 Election|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012
- Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012
- Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012
- WLKY "Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Kentucky State Board of Elections "KY Election Results" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Kentucky State Board of Elections "2010 Election Results KY" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Courtier Journal "Primary 2012: Kentucky races worthy of notes" Accessed May 20, 2012
- WEKU, "Most of Legislatures Incumbents Survive Primary," may 22nd 2012
- Real Clear Politics, "GOP senators fend off tea party challengers in Ky.," May 22, 2012
- Courier Journal, "Tea party vies for at least 8 Kentucky legislative seats," May 19, 2012
- The Courier Journal "Two state House candidates ruled ineligble" October 27, 2010
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "2012 primary results," May 22, 2012