Kentucky State Senate elections, 2010

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Kentucky State Senate elections, 2010

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Kentucky State Senate
Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate were held in Kentucky on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 26, 2010 and the primary election day was on May 18, 2010.

Kentucky State Senators are elected to four-year terms.

There are 38 seats in the Kentucky State Senate and 19 of them are up for re-election on November 2.

See also: Kentucky State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Alice Kerr
  2. Bob Leeper
  3. Brandon Smith
  4. Dan Seum
  5. David Williams
  6. Dennis Parrett
  7. Dorsey Ridley
  8. Ernie Harris
  9. Jared Carpenter
  10. Jerry Rhoads
  11. Jimmy Higdon
  12. Joe Bowen
  13. Julie Denton
  14. Katie Stine
  15. Mike Wilson, Kentucky Politician
  16. Paul Hornback
  17. R.J. Palmer
  18. Robin Webb
  19. Tom Buford

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Kentucky State Senate:

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 17 15
     Republican Party 20 22
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 38 38


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Kentucky in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 62 $6,125,118
2006 55 $3,171,644
2004 63 $5,143,180
2002 51 $4,547,216

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

2 incumbents (12%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 1 Democratic incumbent faced no November challenger.
  • 1 GOP incumbent faced no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 6 incumbents faced competition in the May 18th primary. No incumbents lost in the primary election. The following 17 incumbents (7 Democrats, 10 Republicans) won their primaries:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 17 incumbents (89%) ran for re-election. Of the 2 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 1 is a Democrat and 1 is a Republican.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky State Senate, a candidate must be:[2]

  • At least 30 years of age at the time of the election
  • A citizen of Kentucky
  • Resided in the state 6 years preceding the election
  • Resided in the district for the last year

Filing fee

Any person intending to run for a seat in the Kentucky Senate must file a declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State's office and pay a filing fee of $200.00

Incumbency analysis

  • The incumbent ran for re-election in 17 of the 19 seats that are up for re-election. The two seats where an incumbent is not running in November are Districts 20 and 34.
  • 6 incumbents -- 5 Republicans and 1 Democrat -- have a challenger in the May 18 primary.
  • 11 incumbents have no challenger in the May 18 primary.
  • 2 incumbents -- Ridley (D), District 4 and Higdon (R), District 14 -- have no challenger in either the primary or the general election.

List of candidates

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District 2

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
Independent Independent (no primary):
  • Bob Leeper Approveda Incumbent Leeper has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1991.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rex Smith 16,657
Republican Party Michael East 3,790
Independent Bob Leeper 17,606 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Dorsey Ridley Approveda Incumbent Ridley has served in the Kentucky Senate since 2004.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • No Republican filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dorsey Ridley 26,304 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Jerry Rhoads Approveda Incumbent Rhoads has served in the Kentucky Senate since 2003.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jerry Rhoads 17,473 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jack Whitfield 15,750

District 8

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • David Boswell Approveda Incumbent Boswell has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1990.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Boswell 16,904
Republican Party Joe Bowen 18,073 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Elizabeth Tori Approveda Incumbent Tori has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1995.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dennis Parrett 16,291 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Elizabeth Tori 15,250

District 12

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Alice Kerr 6,805 Approveda Incumbent Kerr has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1999.
  • Andrew Roberts 2,738

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Don Blevins 19,397
Republican Party Alice Kerr 20,341 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Jimmy Higdon Approveda Incumbent Higdon has served in the Kentucky Senate since December 2009.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jimmy Higdon 30,360 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • David Williams 18,407 Approveda Incumbent Williams has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1987.
  • Denver Capps 4,143

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Williams 24,484 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Robin Webb Approveda Incumbent Webb has served in the Kentucky Senate since 2009.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robin Webb 17,617 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jack Ditty 15,428

District 20

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
Note: Incumbent Gary Tapp (R) did not seek re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Eaton 17,588
Republican Party Paul Hornback 26,883 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Tom Buford 6,236 Approveda Incumbent Buford has served the Kentucky Senate since 1991.
  • Chad Crouch 5,542

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tom Buford 32,080 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Katie Stine Approveda Incumbent Stine has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1999.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julie Smith-Morrow 9,978
Republican Party Katie Stine 22,398 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Ernie Harris 9,109 Approveda Incumbent Harris has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1995.
  • Don Godfrey 3,626

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Black 21,656
Republican Party Ernie Harris 30,305 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • R.J. Palmer 14,575 Approveda Incumbent Palmer has served in the Kentucky Senate since 2001.
  • Ryan Dotson 6,705
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party R.J. Palmer 18,876 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ralph Alvarado 16,940

District 30

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Brandon Smith Approveda Incumbent Smith has served in the Kentucky Senate since 2008.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Johnnie Turner, Kentucky candidate 10,180
Republican Party Brandon Smith 20,870 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Mike Reynolds Approveda Incumbent Reynolds has served in the Kentucky Senate since February 2009.
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Reynolds 15,490
Republican Party Mike Wilson 18,935 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Lee Murphy 4,453 Approveda
  • Landra Lewis 4,106
  • Michael Cope 3,966
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
Evangelical Christan Party candidate:
Note: Incumbent Ed Worley (D) did not seek re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lee Murphy 11,719
Republican Party Jared Carpenter 23,553 Green check mark transparent.png
Donald Paul VanWinkle 1,004 (Evangelical Christian Party)

District 36

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Julie Denton 10,135 Approveda Incumbent Denton has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1995.
  • Shawn Slone 4,000

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick Hiles 18,291
Republican Party Julie Denton 36,864 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 Republican primary result:
  • Dan Seum Approveda Incumbent Seum has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1995.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marty Meyer 16,929
Republican Party Dan Seum 26,154 Green check mark transparent.png

See also

External links

References

  1. Follow the Money, Kentucky
  2. Candidate Qualification Information