Democrat flips District 26 state senate seat

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JEFFERSON/OLDHAM COUNTIES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Democrats won a state Senate seat in a special election, marking a first in a decade.

In unofficial results, Democrat Karen Berg, a professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, polled 24,771 votes to defeat Republican Bill Ferko who garnered 18,705 votes in the race for the 26th District seat covering parts of Jefferson and Oldham counties.

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The seat became vacant when incumbent Republican Ernie Harris stepped down April 15.

Berg won Jefferson County 15,033 to 7,604 while Ferko won Oldham 11,101 to 9,738 in results released Tuesday.

Ben Self, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party congratulated Berg on the win, the first time a Democrat has flipped a GOP State Senate seat since 2010.

“Congratulations to State Senator-elect Berg. Dr. Berg’s victory is a clear sign that Kentucky voters are tired of the divisiveness of the Republican Party of Kentucky. There has been no better time for Kentuckians to choose a doctor to send to Frankfort. Suburban, urban and rural voters are ready for leaders in Frankfort who want to help Governor Beshear address Kentucky’s challenges. I look forward to the great work State Senator-elect Karen Berg will do for Oldham and Jefferson counties,” Self said.