Turnout was light in Tuesday’s primary election; just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot. Little over a quarter of the state’s record 3.1 million registered voters participated in the primary, which decided hundreds of races across the Commonwealth.
Tennessee's primary election is Thursday. Voters in west Tennessee head to the polls to narrow the field in many state and local races. In the 8th District Congressional Race, incumbent Republican Stephen Fincher's primary opponent is Annette Justice of Memphis. Democrats Wes Bradley of Cottage Grove, Timothy Dixon of Germantown, and Christa Stoscheck of Jackson are seeking their party's nomination. In the Tennessee State House both candidates for the 75th District, republican Tim Wirgau of Buchanan and Democrat Steve Wright of Springville, are unopposed.
Kentucky’s top election official is predicting up to 90 percent of the state’s voters will skip Tuesday's primary election. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the lack of interest among Kentucky's nearly 3 million voters has to do with the already sewn-up Republican presidential primary, as well as limited opposition for congressional and legislative seats up for election this year. Early voting has been minimal thus far, further signifying that interest is lagging. Based on that and other indicators, Grimes predicts a turnout between 10 and 12 percent.