High Turnout for KY Midterms

Nov 3, 2010

Murray, KY – Almost half of Kentucky's qualified voters cast ballots during yesterday's election. Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says that's quite high for a mid-term election. Gershtenson, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, says those relatively high numbers were driven by discontent.

"A lot of this is really, kind of, discontent with the current state of the country, particularly with the economy, and, driving a lot folks to get out there to the polls."

Gershtenson adds voter discontent with the President and the economy was behind the US Senate win of Republican Rand Paul. The political scientist says Democrats in local races paid the price.