Republican Jimmy Higdon won a special state Senate election Tuesday, frustrating a plan by Democrats to weaken the GOP’s power in the legislature.
Higdon defeated former State Representative Jodie Haydon in the special election for the 14th District seat. Higdon won every county in the district except for Haydon’s home county of Nelson. Haydon outspent Higdon in what will be the most expensive legislative race in Kentucky history.
Higdon will fill the term of former Republican State Senator Dan Kelly, who was appointed to a Circuit Judgeship in October.
Haydon outspent Higdon based much of campaign on national issues and tried to link Haydon with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats plan to overhaul health care.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the message is clear. In a Senate floor speech, McConnell told his colleagues, “He had one message. One message. Oppose the Reid bill, oppose what Pelosi is doing. Oppose what the Democrats in Washington are doing.”
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