The Green Papers: Kentucky 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 19 May 2015
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Tuesday 27 January 2015 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 19 May 2015 - 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 11 August 2015 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 3 November 2015 - 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


2015 calendar and Candidate Filings from the Secretary of State.


19 May 2015 Primary returns and recanvass from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

3 November 2015: 2015 Primary and General Election Results.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Mitch McConnell
First elected: 1984; re-elected: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Class 3 Republican Senator Rand Paul
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
7 April 2015: "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."
 Candidate list
    Democratic     Cecil Weldon Pearson, Jr. - apparently not a candidate
6 May 2014: Filed a termination report with the FEC.

FEC S6KY00096
  Candidate Democratic     Tom Recktenwald
  Candidate Republican     James R. Gould
  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.
7 April 2015: "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

FEC S0KY00156; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,112,991; Dsb $2,597,992
  Candidate Republican     Chris Payne
FEC S4KY00166

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

Chair up for regular election
Open
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
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General John William "Jack" Conway
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Sannie Overly.
  Elected Republican     Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
for Lieutenant Governor: Jenean Hampton.
  Candidate Independent     Drew Curtis
for Lieutenant Governor: Heather Curtis (his wife)
  Candidate Write-in     Blackii Effing Whyte
for Lt. Governor: Philip Jacobs

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
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
Open Seat
 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.

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (1 Open, 4 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield
First elected: 1994
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 29 September 2015: Announced he will not run for re-election.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Samuel Lewis "Sam" Gaskins
FEC H4KY01073; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,907; Dsb $1,928
  Candidate Republican     Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts
FEC H6KY01102
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110
  Candidate Republican     Michael J. Pape
FEC H6KY01128
    Republican     Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield - apparently not a candidate
29 September 2015: Announced he will not run for re-election.

FEC H4KY01040; 30 Sep 15; Tot $522,136; Dsb $273,396

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
FEC H8KY02031; 30 Sep 15; Tot $683,449; Dsb $537,215

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Democratic Congressman John A. Yarmuth
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 30 Sep 15; Tot $102,063; Dsb $197,516
  Candidate Republican     Larry J. West
FEC H6KY03165

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Thomas H. Massie
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 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 30 Sep 15; Tot $133,454; Dsb $98,725

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
FEC H0KY05015; 30 Sep 15; Tot $456,184; Dsb $264,861

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 30 Sep 15; Tot $942,238; Dsb $316,742

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

Seat up for regular election Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 19 May 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic     Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
  Candidate Republican     former Erlanger Councilman Stephen L. "Steve" Knipper

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
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.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic     Andy Beshear
Son of Governor Steven L. "Steve" Beshear.
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Whitney H. Westerfield

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election
Open
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
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Rick G. Nelson
  Elected Republican     Allison Ball

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

Seat up for regular election Democratic Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 19 May 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen
  Elected Republican     state Representative Mike Harmon

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Open Seat - 19 May 2015: Ran for but lost his party's nomination of Governor.
29 September 2015: Running for Congress in CD 1 in 2016.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Jean-Marie Lawson Spann
  Elected Republican     state Representative Ryan F. 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, 9 candidates
  Republican: 8 incumbents, 17 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
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
  DMOZ - Kentucky
  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 Post - Covington
  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
  WLKY TV - CBS - Louisville
  WTVQ - ABC - Lexington

 


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History
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