Kentucky Political News Headlines

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

KY Election Results

Edited 11/7 7:50am - To reflect Rep. Herald loss, changing House majority to 61-39

Kentuckians went to the polls today in large numbers to elect candidates to state, local and federal offices. We will be providing more analysis about the outcome of the elections in the days ahead, but wanted to get you the latest unofficial results:

State House
Republicans in the House will maintain a super majority after tonight's election. Based on unofficial results it appears the GOP will control the House 62-38 61-39, a net loss of one seat two seats after 90 contested races. Overall it was a mixed bag of results with incumbents of both parties losing and the 24 open seats being split by both parties. 

7 incumbents lost (5 R and 2 D) 8 incumbents lost (6R and 2 D):
York (R)
Greer (D)
Moffett (R)
Fleming (R)
Belcher (D)
DJ Johnson (R)
Brown (R)
Herald (R)

In the 24 open seats, GOP won 14 and Democrats won 10.  

State Senate
Republicans in the Senate will grow their super majority after tonight's election. Based on unofficial results it appears the GOP will control the Senate 28-10, a net gain of one seat after successfully defending 14 incumbents, winning an open seat, and beating one incumbent Senate Democrat Caucus Chairman Dorsey Ridley. Sen. Parrett (D) ran unopposed and Sen. Webb (D) won re-election.

Congressional Races
All 6 of Kentucky's congressional seats were up for re-election and all six incumbents were re-elected. Kentucky's congressional delegation remains 5 GOP & 1 Democrat. The race with the most national interest was the 6th congressional district held by Rep. Andy Barr who faced a stiff challenge from Amy McGrath, but Barr held on to win by 10,000 votes.

Supreme Court
Kentucky had one vacancy on its Supreme Court with the retirement of 3rd district Justice Daniel Venters. Debra Lambert was elected to serve the 3rd Supreme Court district. 

Early Analysis
It was a very active election cycle, particularly in the state legislative races after a volatile 2018 Session and a record number of contested races. However, at the end of the night things appear much as they did before the candidate filing deadline in January with GOP super majorities in each chamber. More analysis to come in the days ahead.