Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012

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Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33District 35District 37
Kentucky State Senate2012 Kentucky House Elections
Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate will be held in Kentucky on November 6, 2012. A total of 19 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was initially set for January 31, 2012. Two hours before the deadline, Judge Phillip Shepherd postponed the deadline one week while he considers the constitutionality of new maps. The new deadline was February 7, 2012.[1]

The primary election day was May 22, 2012.[2] Out of the 19 seats up for election, only 8 will have a primary.[3]

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Kentucky State Senate:

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 14 14
     Republican Party 21 22
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 2 1
Total 38 38

Incumbents retiring

A total of

3 incumbents are not running for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents are:


Name:Party:Current office:
Jack WestwoodEnds.png Republican Kentucky State Senate District 23
Ken WintersEnds.png Republican Kentucky State Senate District 1
Vernie McGahaEnds.png Republican Kentucky State Senate District 15

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.[4]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 51 $5,379,997
2008 62 $6,125,118
2006 55 $3,171,644
2004 63 $5,143,180
2002 51 $4,547,216

In 2010, candidates running for state senate raised a total of $5,379,997 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [5]

Donor Amount
Kentucky Republican Party $416,959
Smith, Rex $371,350
Kentucky Democratic Party $217,250
Kentucky Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte $175,310
Harris, Ernie $107,518
Rhoads, Jerry P $93,000
Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus Campaign Cmte $63,000
Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus $48,400
Spainhour, John E $37,060
Parrett, Dennis L $30,000

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky State Senate, a candidate must be:[6]

  • 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

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kentucky

On January 20, 2012, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed the state's legislative redistricting maps. Each chamber drew its own maps, guided by the majority party (Republican in the Senate and Democratic in the House). The Governor criticized Senate Republicans for drawing partisan maps, but did not chasten the House's plan. The votes in both chambers were marked by anger from from minority party legislators[7] and on January 26, House Republicans filed suit against the Democrats' chamber map, arguing that the plan unnecessarily divides counties. The approved plan split four more counties than the Republican alternative.[8]

Owing to the court challenge, Judge Phillip Shepherd postponed the filing deadline for both chambers until February 7 in order to consider the constitutionality of new maps.[9] Ultimately, Shepherd declared the newly drawn legislative districts unconstitutional and ordered election officials to use previous district lines in the 2012 election. His ruling declared the maps unconstitutional because some districts varied by more than the ideal 5 percent population size and divided more counties into separate legislative districts than necessary.[10]

List of candidates

District 1

Note: Incumbent Ken Winters (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 3

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 5

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates have filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 7

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 9

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates have filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 11

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates have filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 13

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Note: John Sims, Jr. withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]
Note: Richard Evans withdrew on March 19, 2012.[11]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Note: Frank Henson withdrew on February 9, 2012.[12]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 15

Note: Incumbent Vernie McGaha (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Note: Anne W. McAfee withdrew on February 6, 2012.[12]
Note: Eddie O'Daniel withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Note: David W. Floyd withdrew on February 6, 2012.[12]
Note: Hilda Legg withdrew on February 29, 2012.[11]
Note: Todd Hoskins withdrew on May 8, 2012.[13]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 17

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 19

Note: Incumbent Tim Shaughnessy (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Note: Duran Hall withdrew on February 15, 2012.[11]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Note: Julie Raque Adams withdrew on February 10, 2012.[12]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 21

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates have filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 23

Note: Incumbent Jack Westwood (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Note: Karla Shawn Baker withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 25

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 27

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Note: Martha Jane King withdrew on February 10, 2012.[12]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Note: Jim DeCesare withdrew on February 10, 2012.[12]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 29

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates have filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 31

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Note: David Prince withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates have filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 33

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates have filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 35

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates have filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 37

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Perry Clark Approveda- Incumbent Clark first assumed office in 2006.
Note: Steve Bittenbender withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]
Note: Dan Johnson withdrew on March 1, 2012.[11]
Note: Robert D. Waker II withdrew on February 27, 2012.[11]
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

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