Lawmakers Give Boot To Runoff Elections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would eliminate the possibility that Kentucky might have a runoff gubernatorial election.

The gubernatorial runoff is triggered under Kentucky law when no single candidate in a primary election gets more than 40 percent of the vote. It has not been applied in Kentucky since being instituted in the early 1990s. A close call spurred lawmakers into action last year when Gov. Steve Beshear narrowly surpassed the 40 percent threshold in a crowded Democratic primary.

The measure now goes to Beshear for consideration.

Beshear spokesman Dick Brown says the governor will examine the bill when it gets to him and make a decision on whether to sign it into law.

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