Special elections could determine control of Kentucky House


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) – The fate of the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats is in the hands of a few thousand Kentucky voters in four House districts throughout the state.

Voters on Tuesday are electing four state representatives in a series of special elections created by resignations and two strategic appointments by new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Democrats have 50 members. Republicans have 46.

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A Republican sweep of the four races would mean Democrats would not control the chamber for the first time since 1920 and hand Bevin a trump card as he tries to push through $650 million in state spending cuts.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. The special elections will include all or parts of Christian, Trigg, Boyle, Casey, Fayette, Owen, Scott, Boyd and Greenup counties.

More information is available here on the Kentucky State Board of Election’s website.


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