KENTUCKY PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
Kentuckians went to the polls today for the 2022 primary elections to determine party nominees for the general election in November. While most incumbents won their primary elections handily this evening, some did succumb to the political rhetoric levied by their opponents and the outside groups that stormed Kentucky these past few weeks with political ads in mailboxes and on the airwaves.
This primary season was marked by the strong emergence of so-called "liberty caucus" candidates. These candidates were especially strong in more urban areas, marking a notable change in the activist base in the Republican party with many primary elections focusing on very right-leaning issues.
Northern Kentucky especially saw a rise in the liberty caucus candidates, and several prominent House Republican incumbents fell to their far-right opponents. Judiciary Chairman Ed Massey, Licensing & Occupations Chairman Adam Koenig, and Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation Committee Chairman Sal Santoro could not overcome their primary challengers. In total 6 incumbents lost their election bids: 5 GOP members (Koenig, Santoro, Massey, Bechler, Kirk-McCormick) and 1 Democrat member (Burch).
With several prominent House chairmen losing their primary elections or retiring from the body there will be many new faces leading key committees, including: State Government, Licensing & Occupations, Banking & Insurance, Budget Review on Transportation, and Judiciary.
There were no upsets among Senate incumbents, as Senator Donald Douglas defeated his opponent in the 22nd Senate District which was expected to be a close race. Former state senator, Gex Williams, won a crowded Republican primary in the 20th Senate district and will face Teresa Barton in November.
The main Congressional seat in question was that of retiring Chairman John Yarmuth, whose sudden retirement quickly opened the door for State Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey. McGarvey faced off against State Representative Attica Scott, who had announced for the seat before Yarmuth's retirement. McGarvey won the race by a wide margin and will likely be the favorite in the General Election this fall.
Last week we previewed some of the most competitive state House and Senate races, and we've outlined the results of those races below.
House Races (All House primary winners can be viewed in this spreadsheet in bold*)
*Results for House District 41 and House District 43 were still outstanding at this writing.
Senate Races (All Senate primary winners can be viewed in this spreadsheet in bold)
Two open seats had several primary candidates, and the winner of these will each face a Democratic challenger in the fall:
Please note that these are still considered unofficial, incomplete results until certified by the Secretary of State's office. For exact numbers on each race, please visit the Kentucky Secretary of State's website for official results.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions and stay tuned for our upcoming 2022 Interim Preview.