High Voter Turnout Expected Across Kentucky

According to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Tuesday’s midterm election will see more voters than May’s primary did.

ABC 36 News caught up with candidates in the U.S. Senate race, the sixth district U.S. House of Representatives race and Lexington’s mayoral race.

Election officials at the voting precinct at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Winchester Road said by 12:20 p.m., they had already seen 535 voters.

Officials said they had a steady stream all morning.

Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell cast his vote in Louisville around 11 a.m.

He is locked in a close race with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

That race could end up being the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history. Some people predict their election spending could top $100 million.

McConnell is seeking his sixth term as a U.S. Senator and could become the Senate majority leader, if the Republicans win control of the Senate.

Grimes cast her ballot in Lexington Tuesday morning.

The secretary of state is hoping to become Kentucky’s first female U.S. senator.

Central Kentucky voters are also deciding who will represent them in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Andy Barr is trying to keep his job as representative in the House’s sixth district. He cast his ballot around 8 a.m. in Lexington.

Democrat Elisabeth Jensen is running against Barr.  She cast her ballot around 10:30 a.m. in Lexington.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is also seeking another term. Gray cast his ballot early Tuesday morning.

Gray’s challenger, Anthany Beatty, did as well.

Beatty is the city’s former police chief and currently serves as the assistant vice president for campus services and public safety at the University of Kentucky.

Polling places will be open until 6 p.m. Voters must be in line at that time for their ballot to count.

ABC 36 News will have continuing coverage of all election results.

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