Special Election

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Republicans in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District have nominated James Comer for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. 

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Republicans are ready to nominate their candidate for a special election to replace Congressman Ed Whitfield. The GOP meets Tuesday night at the Simpson County Courthouse, where they’re expected to nominate James Comer.

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is already on the November ballot, as he seeks a full two-year term in the U.S. House. Whitfield announced last week he was resigning, about a year after he said he wouldn’t seek re-election to another term.

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After four special elections for vacant state House of Representatives seats on Tuesday, the chamber is still controlled by Democrats.


The outcome of four special elections in Kentucky today could change the political control of the state House of Representatives, the last legislative chamber in the South run by Democrats. If Republicans win all four elections, they would tie the political makeup of the chamber, where Democrats hold 50 seats and Republicans 46. Democrats have held a majority in the House since 1921.

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Four special elections in March could alter the political landscape of Kentucky state government, furthering the Republican Party’s lunge for control of the state House.

The elections on March 8 will be for four state House seats in districts surrounding Hopkinsville, South Shore, Danville and Georgetown. The seats were vacated by two Republicans and two Democrats.

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The two women vying for a vacant seat in the Kentucky House both agree jobs are the foremost issue facing the 7th District that includes Union and portions of Henderson and Daviess counties.  How to create them is one way they differ from each other. 

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Republican Suzanne Miles and Democrat Kim Humphrey will square off for the House seat vacated by former Representative John Arnold, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. Gov. Steve Beshear scheduled the election for Dec 10.

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Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

Arnold resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment. Legislative Research Commission staffers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege Arnold touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

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Both Democrats and Republicans are focusing on a special state House election, which could be the only race this year.