2014 Kentucky Primary Election

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the growing influence of a national conservative 501(c)(4) group in Kentucky suggests that out-of-state donors will try to help Republicans gain control of the state House.

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office reports 205 calls to its election fraud hotline Tuesday during the primary. Instances of vote buying and selling were reported in several counties. The bulk of the complaints concern instances of alleged election fraud and procedural questions related to voting. 

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Easter Seals West Kentucky president Danny Carroll is the Republican nominee for the 2nd District state Senate seat being vacated by Bob Leeper.

Carroll defeated David Hoffman in Tuesday’s primary election, by a 55-45 percent margin.

Today, Kentuckians choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, state legislature, and a host of local offices.

The victors in some of today's primaries are a foregone conclusion, perhaps. But other races—Louisville Metro Council District 9, for example—are quite competitive. Still, state election officials expect less than 30 percent of registered voters to show up to the polls.

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With an expected 30 percent (or less) voter turnout in tomorrow's primary elections, about 930,000 Kentuckians will take to the polls to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot during this fall's general election.

Grimes: Primary Turnout Not Likely to Exceed 30 Percent

May 15, 2014
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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary elections isn’t likely to break 30 percent.

Grimes says the lack of a presidential race and the lack of a ballot initiative on local option sales tax will keep most voters at home on primary day.

Record Number of Kentuckians Register to Vote

May 1, 2014
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A record number of Kentuckians have registered to vote in advance of the May 20 primary.

Most Kentucky counties are now accepting absentee ballots for the upcoming May primary. Those unable to make it to the polls in person may vote in this manner. Citizens can mail in or deliver their ballot to their local clerk’s office. 

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin did endorse cockfighting at a rally last month despite repeated claims that he didn't agree with the blood sport or that it was discussed during his attendance.

WAVE 3 investigative reporter John Boel went undercover and filmed the March 29 event, which has hampered Bevin's primary challenge against incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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With Kentucky primary elections less than a month away, some local races are entering the final stretch because they will be decided in May, not November.