Voter turnout was higher than predicted Tuesday, and 18% of registered Kentucky voters set up what is sure to be a showdown between political rivals Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear.
The two will face off Nov. 5 in the General Election, alongside candidates running for attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, treasurer and commissioner of agriculture.
Bevin, who received a last-minute Twitter endorsement from President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination for re-election with just over half the votes (52%) against opponents Robert Goforth, Ike Lawrence and William E. Woods. His new running mate for lieutenant governor will be Ralph Alvarado, after Bevin dropped current Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.
Beshear, who has been
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vocal about his disdain for Bevin's political actions, won 38% of the votes in the Democratic primary for governor. His opponent Rocky Adkins trailed with 32% of the votes and Adam Edelen wasn't too far behind with 27%. Geoff Young took a little over 2%.
In Christian County, nearly 10% of registered Democrats and Republicans turned out to cast their votes for the two as well. Christian County Republicans favored the current governor, with 59% voting him on the ballot for possible re-election in November.
Beshear, who made a stop at Seafood King on Friday, won over Christian County Democrats, taking 47% of the local vote. Adkins, who also stopped in town at the old sheriff's office Friday, took 34% of the county. Adam Edelen had 475 votes (15%) and Geoff Young had 124 votes (4%).
Beshear's running mate for lieutenant governor is Jacqueline Coleman.
With Beshear running for governor, Republican Daniel Cameron will face former Attorney General Greg Stumbo in November. Stumbo was unopposed in Tuesday's primary.
Cameron took a chance at the seat and won the nomination from his party both statewide and locally. He took 972 votes in Christian County, beating out state Sen. Wil Schroder, who took 838 local votes, according to unofficial results from the Christian County Clerk's Office.
Both Cameron and Schroder visited Christian County this spring, hoping to get local Republicans on their team.
Secretary of State
Heather French Henry (D) and Michael G. Adams (R) will race to another seat that is up for grabs, as current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes couldn't run again due to term limits.
Henry, a former Miss America and veterans liaison, won the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State early Tuesday evening with more than 70% of the votes just before 7 p.m., according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State website. Adams took 41% of the votes against his three opponents.
Commission of Agriculture
Current Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Robert Haley Conway, a farmer from Scott County, will vy for the top spot in agriculture this fall.
Quarles was named the winner early in the Republican primary, securing 82% of the votes against his lone challenger Bill Polyniak.
Quarles has visited western Kentucky often in his first four years as ag commissioner, often speaking at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Ag Breakfast in the spring. That might account for his landslide win in Christian County as well, winning over 1,300 votes to Polyniak's 449.
Conway, an eighth generation farmer, won nearly 1,800 votes from Christian County Democrats, defeating his opponent Joe Trigg who had over 1,100 votes.
According to Conway's Facebook page, he is focused on preparing Kentucky farmers for the future, including medical marijuana, industrial hemp, solar technology and hydroponics.
Sheri Donahue will face incumbent State Auditor Mike Harmon in November.
Harmon was unopposed for his seat in the Republican primary, but Donahue won her spot on the ballot with 47% of the Democratic vote.
Donahue took over 1,100 local votes from her opponents Kelsey Hayes Coots (788) and Chris Tobe (323).
Current State Treasurer Allison Ball sailed to the General Election ballot as the lone Republican candidate, but she will face Democratic candidate Michael Bowman this fall.
Bowman won 2,100 votes in Christian County to Josh Mers' 695.