Team coverage of the Kentucky primary election
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Polls are now closed for the 2022 Kentucky primary election and the results are coming in.
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Besides a few hiccups, people in Lexington tell us the voting process overall was pretty smooth. Precincts at Green Acres and Booker T. Washington elementary schools were briefly closed for technical difficulties but reopened before lunchtime.
Fayette County Clerk Don Belvins Jr. says the minor issues that happened, such as missing cables or equipment not being plugged in correctly, are what you typically see in every election.
Poll workers at Crestwood Church mentioned some voters had an easier time filling out the paper ballots, as opposed to the electronic ballots that were used during the last election.
We now know who will face off in November in the race for Lexington mayor. Four candidates vied to be the top two that will head to the general election.
Mayor Linda Gorton and her challengers, Sixth District Council Member David Kloiber and Adrian Wallace vied to be the top two that will head to the general election
After the primary, Kloiber and Gorton will be the two candidates to move on to November.
Gorton says her biggest accomplishment in the past four years has been guiding Lexington through a pandemic. If re-elected, she hopes to tackle other things on her to-do list.
Kloiber says he wants to get a handle on the city’s rising violence problem and tackle housing costs.
Fayette County Attorney
Tuesday’s election decided the race for Fayette County Attorney. Angela Evans defeated incumbent Larry Roberts.
Roberts had taken a harsher stance on people facing charges in connection to racial justice protests. Evans had advocated for dropping those charges.
Kentucky voters have set up a November matchup between Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Charles Booker. Each won his party’s Senate nomination in Tuesday’s primary.
Paul is seeking a third Senate term.
The fall campaign will feature contrasting agendas. Paul supports limited government while Booker backs sweeping health care and anti-poverty programs.
The Bluegrass State hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.
The libertarian-leaning Paul coasted to victory over five Republican challengers in his pursuit of another term. Booker defeated three opponents in the Democratic primary.
State Senate in District 22
Donald Douglas defeated Andrew Cooperrider for the GOP nomination.
Sen. Douglas took the seat in a special election last year after the death of Senator Tom Buford. Cooperrider is known for trying to impeach Governor Andy Beshear over COVID-19 regulations.
There were some interesting developments in the race Tuesday afternoon. Cooperrider went to court over an electioneering dispute. He claimed the Fayette County clerk threatened to arrest his volunteers for being too close to the polls.
Cooperrider says they were at a legal limit.
A judge ruled that electioneering could continue.
Douglas will be up against Democrat Chuck Eddy in November’s general election, who ran unopposed on the other side of the ticket.
Secretary of State Michael Adams says turnout for early voting was lower than he expected. Voters have until 6 p.m. Tuesday to drop off mail-in ballots at the county clerk’s offices.
The Secretary of State’s office tells us about 116,000 Kentuckians participated in early voting, which includes the three days of early voting, the mail-in absentee ballots, and excused in-person absentee ballots. They say about 3,000 people in Fayette County participated in early voting, which is about 1% of registered voters in the county.
Despite three days of early voting giving voters more flexibility, turnout for the Lexington mayoral primary was the lowest ever for the merged city-county government. Unofficial vote totals from the Fayette County Clerk’s Office show approximately 19 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2022 primary.
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