The Green Papers: Kentucky 2014 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 20 May 2014
✓ General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Tuesday 28 January 2014 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 20 May 2014 - Primary. Polling hours 6:00a EDT (1000 UTC) / 6:00a CDT (1100 UTC) to 6:00p EDT (2200 UTC) / 6:00p CDT (2300 UTC). Poll closing time could be rather problematic in KENTUCKY. A large chunk of the state is in Central Time [but the networks consider that "most of the polls have closed" in KENTUCKY by 6 PM Eastern Time and so, if they can, project at the same time they project INDIANA]. Central Time voters in KENTUCKY may note the networks' willingness/eagerness to project a winner as early as 6 PM Eastern Time.
Tuesday 12 August 2014 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 4 November 2014 - General Election. Polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) / 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 6:00p EST (2300 UTC) / 6:00p CST (0000 UTC). Poll closing time could be rather problematic in KENTUCKY. A large chunk of the state is in Central Time [but the networks consider that "most of the polls have closed" in KENTUCKY by 6 PM Eastern Time and so, if they can, project at the same time they project INDIANA]. Central Time voters in KENTUCKY may note the networks' willingness/eagerness to project a winner as early as 6 PM Eastern Time.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:4,350,606 (1.40% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:8(1.49% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
Capital:Frankfort
 

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Kentucky State and Local Government

Kentucky 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


2014 Primary and General Election certified returns from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 113th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 1984; re-elected: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 806,787 56.19% Senator Mitch McConnell
FEC S2KY00012; 24 Nov 14; Tot $21,087,336; Dsb $28,218,508
  Candidate Democratic 584,698 40.72% Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
FEC S4KY00091; 24 Nov 14; Tot $18,981,293; Dsb $18,623,382
  Candidate Libertarian 44,240 3.08% David M. Patterson
FEC S4KY00182
  Candidate Write-in 64 0.00% Gregory D. Welch
  Candidate Write-in 53 0.00% Robert Edward Ransdell
FEC S4KY00208
  Candidate Write-in 17 0.00% Mike Maggard
FEC S4KY00190
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 9 0.00% Shawna Sterling
20 May 2014 Primary: Ran for but did not receive her party's nomination in the Republican Primary. Now running as a write-in.

FEC S4KY00174
Total 1,435,868 100.00%  

Class 3 Republican Senator Rand Paul
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Cecil Weldon Pearson, Jr.
FEC S6KY00096
  Candidate Republican     Senator Rand Paul
24 May 2013: Announced that he would seek re-election in 2016.
23 July 2013: Filed with the FEC to run the US Senate in 2016.
2 December 2014: Formally announced that he would seek re-election in 2016.

FEC S0KY00156
  Candidate Republican     Chris Payne
FEC S4KY00166

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Steven L. "Steve" Beshear
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At Term Limit
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General John William "Jack" Conway
6 May 2014: Announced his run for Governor in 2015.
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Sannie Overly
  Candidate Democratic     Geoffrey M. "Geoff" Young
for Lieutenant Governor: Cherokee Schill
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
2 August 2014: Announced candidacy.
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Chris McDaniel
  Candidate Republican     former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner
for Lieutenant Governor: former Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman K.C. Crosbie
  Candidate Republican     Robert Lee Rosier
for Lieutenant Governor: John Yuen

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015. Elected on a ticket with Governor; no separate Primary for Lt Gov from Gov

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen
Appointed: 13 November 2014 (re: resignation of Lieutenant Governor Jerry E. Abramson [Democratic]).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
 6 November 2014: Lieutenant Governor Jerry E. Abramson (Democratic) who was first elected in 2011 will resign effective 13 November 2014 to take the position of Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House. Governor Steve Beshear will appoint former state Auditor Crit Luallen as the new Lieutenant Governor.
13 November 2014: Crit Luallen sworn.

113th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2014, 2016. No Term Limit. 113th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Renominated);
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 1994
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 173,022 73.12% Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield
FEC H4KY01040; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,876,194; Dsb $1,236,958
  Candidate Democratic 63,596 26.88% Charles Kendall Hatchett
FEC H4KY01016
Total 236,618 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 156,936 69.19% Congressman Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
FEC H8KY02031; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,828,640; Dsb $1,281,476
  Candidate Democratic 69,898 30.81% Ronald Allen "Ron" Leach
FEC H4KY02089; 24 Nov 14; Tot $150,743; Dsb $144,599
Total 226,834 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman John A. Yarmuth
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic 157,056 63.49% Congressman John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 24 Nov 14; Tot $804,414; Dsb $810,862
  Candidate Republican 87,981 35.57% Michael Macfarlane
FEC H4KY03210; 24 Nov 14; Tot $181,231; Dsb $175,379
  Candidate Independent 2,318 0.94% Gregory Peter Puccetti
FEC H4KY03244; 31 Dec 14; Tot $8,632; Dsb $8,632
Total 247,355 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Thomas H. Massie
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected in special election to the 112th Congress and a concurrent regular election to the 113th Congress: 6 November 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 150,464 67.73% Congressman Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 24 Nov 14; Tot $637,731; Dsb $526,324
  Candidate Democratic 71,694 32.27% Peter Newberry
Total 222,158 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 171,350 78.25% Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
FEC H0KY05015; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,329,359; Dsb $1,089,390
  Candidate Democratic 47,617 21.75% Kenneth Stephenson Stepp
FEC H6KY05111; 24 Nov 14; Tot $6,281; Dsb $6,233
Total 218,967 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 20 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 147,404 59.99% Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 24 Nov 14; Tot $2,704,882; Dsb $2,269,380
  Candidate Democratic 98,290 40.01% Elisabeth Jensen
FEC H4KY06130; 24 Nov 14; Tot $890,033; Dsb $885,584
Total 245,694 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

  Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
1 July 2013: Running for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat in 2014.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     former Erlanger Councilman Steve Knipper

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

  Democratic Attorney General John William "Jack" Conway
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Open Seat - 6 May 2014: Announced his run for Governor in 2015.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Andy Beshear
Governor Steven L. "Steve" Beshear's son.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

  Democratic Treasurer L.J. "Todd" Hollenbach
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Open Seat - At term limit
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Neville Blakemore
  Candidate Democratic     Daniel Grossberg
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Rick G. Nelson
  Candidate Republican     Allison Ball

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

  Democratic Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Jean-Marie Lawson Spann

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

  Republican Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Open Seat - 2 August 2014: Running for Governor in 2015.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Ryan Quarles
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 15 candidates
  Republican: 8 incumbents, 16 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 4 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/Legresou/Constitu/intro.htm
Election Authority
  Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
  Kentucky Secretary of State - Elections
  State Board of Elections
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Kentucky Legislature
  Kentucky Legislature
Democratic
  Kentucky Democratic Party
Republican
  Republican Party of Kentucky
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Kentucky
  Justice Party of Kentucky
  Kentucky Green Party
  Kentucky Right to Life Association
  Libertarian Party of Kentucky
  The Unity Party of Kentucky
Media & others
  Bowling Green Daily News
  Central Kentucky News-Journal - Campbellsville
  Jefferson Review - Louisville
  Lexington Herald-Leader
  Messenger-Inquirer - Owensboro
  Page One - Politics in Kentucky
  Politics1.com - Kentucky
  State Journal - Frankfort
  The Advocate Messenger - Danville
  The Courier-Journal - Louisville
  The Evansville Courier & Press
  The Gleaner - Henderson
  The Kentucky Standard - Bardstown
  The Ledger Independent - Maysville
  The Ledger Independent - Maysville
  The News-Enterprise - Elizabethtown
  The Paducah Sun - Paducah
  The Times Leader - Princeton
  The Vermont Cynic
  The Winchester Sun
  WAVE TV - NBC - Louisville
  WBKO TV - ABC - Bowling Green
  WDRB TV - FOX - Louisville
  WHAS TV - ABC - Louisville
  WKYT & WYMT TV - CBS - Lexington
  WTVQ - ABC - Lexington

 


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