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Possible Runoff Election Could Be Costly For Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - County officials say they're worried about
the costs of a possible runoff election in this spring's primary
race for governor.
Many are urging lawmakers to do away with the runoff provision
before the May election.
The extra election is projected to cost counties a total of five million dollars, and the state another two million.
A runoff kicks in if no candidate receives at least 40 percent
of the vote. It would take place 35 days after the May 22 primary.
Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says the runoff system is
outdated and favors millionaire candidates who can self-fund their
campaigns.
Representative Rick Nelson of Middlesboro has filed a bill that
would do away with the state's runoff provision. Still, other
lawmakers say it's too late to throw out the runoff system because
the campaign has already begun.
There are three candidates running for the Republican nomination
for governor and seven Democrats in that party's primary.

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