2012 election

Pendleton Officially Concedes Race

Nov 19, 2012
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Long-time state senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has officially conceded the Third District senate race to opponent Whitney Westerfield. Pendleton, a Democrat, requested a recanvass after he lost the election by just under 300 votes.

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Kentucky's U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has been re-elected as leader of that body’s Republicans. Colleagues unanimously chose the Commonwealth’s senior senator yesterday to lead the GOP team.  McConnell was nominated by Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. 

At long last, the 2012 campaign season is over, and while the dust is still settling, we’ll speak with two retiring Kentucky state lawmakers, Republican Senator Ken Winters of Murray and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry of Princeton, to help sort out the results. A post-election post-mortem, today on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News.

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has received recanvass requests for two western Kentucky state races. Third district Democratic State Senator Joey Pendleton has asked for a recanvass after he lost to Republican Whitney Westerfield by just under 300 votes. Seventh district Republican House candidate Tim Kline lost by an even smaller margin of just five votes.

Pendleton Plans to Request Vote Recanvass

Nov 8, 2012
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Kentucky Third District State Senator Joey Pendleton plans to request a recanvass after he narrowly lost in Tuesday’s election. Pendleton, a five-term Democratic incumbent, lost by around 300 votes to Republican newcomer Whitney Westerfield. Pendleton tells the Kentucky New Era he owes it to his voters to ask for the recanvass, a process that checks for accuracy. Pendleton adds that if it shows a 150-vote gap or less, he’ll ask for an official recount.

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says the Election Fraud Hotline received 183 calls from nearly 60 counties on Election Day. Conway says most of the calls were questions concerning procedural issues and voting machines.

Kentucky Democrats successfully defended their control of the state House -- but they're now stranded on a political island. It appears that Republicans will take control of the Arkansas House of Representatives, leaving Kentucky as the only southern state with a Democratic-controlled House. And that will make Kentucky House Democrats a big blue target in future years. The Kentucky state House will remain in Democratic control for at least two more years, when all 100 seats in the body are back on the ballot.

Princeton's retiring democratic State Representative Mike Cherry says President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in western Kentucky made a difference in state races. Four of five open races in western Kentucky, including Cherry’s fourth district seat, went to Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday  won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.

But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

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From NPR: Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration. But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies.

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