The Green Papers: Kentucky 2016 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 17 May 2016
✓ General Election and Speciial Election US House CD 1: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Tuesday 17 May 2016 - Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EDT (1000-2200 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CDT (1100-2300 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 8 November 2016 - General Election and Speciial Election US House CD 1. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EST (1100-2300 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CST (1200-0000 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


2016 calendar and Candidate Filings from the Secretary of State.


Primary Results from
Unofficial returns from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
AP Statewide.


8 November 2016 returns from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 8 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2016
 Candidate list (6, 23 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 1,202,971 62.52% Donald John Trump, Sr.
for Vice President: Indiana Governor Michael R. "Mike" Pence
(8 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80001571; 28 Nov 16; Tot $341,062,859; Dsb $333,457,857
  Candidate Democratic 628,854 32.68% former Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
for Vice President: Virginia Senator Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine
FEC P00003392; 28 Nov 16; Tot $583,217,328; Dsb $582,378,679
  Candidate Libertarian 53,752 2.79% former Governor New Mexico Gary Earl Johnson
for Vice President: former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William F. "Bill" Weld
FEC P20002671; 28 Nov 16; Tot $11,670,597; Dsb $11,505,633
  Candidate Independent 22,780 1.18% David Evan "Evan" McMullin
for Vice President: Nathan Daniel Johnson
FEC P60022654; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,634,839; Dsb $1,618,074
  Candidate Green 13,913 0.72% Jill E. Stein
for Vice President: Ajamu Baraka
FEC P20003984; 28 Nov 16; Tot $9,485,845; Dsb $5,315,546
  Candidate American Delta 1,128 0.06% Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente Guerra
for Vice President: Michael Alan Steinberg
FEC P60016342; 31 Dec 16; Tot $8,075,960; Dsb $8,074,914
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution) 438 0.02% Darrell Lane Castle
for Vice President: Scott N. Bradley
FEC P60021102; 28 Nov 16; Tot $71,876; Dsb $67,084
  Candidate Write-in; (American Solidarity) 155 0.01% Michael Andrew "Mike" Maturen
for Vice President: Juan Antonio Muñoz
FEC P60022787
  Candidate Write-in; (America's Party) 39 0.00% Thomas Conrad "Tom" Hoefling
for Vice President: Steven Bernard "Steve" Schulin
FEC P20005260
  Candidate Write-in; (Veterans Party of America) 22 0.00% Christopher Robert "Chris" Keniston
for Vice President: Deacon Newell Taylor
FEC P60009917
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 18 0.00% Denny Carroll Jackson
for Vice President: Michelle Faye Hicks
FEC P60018611
  Candidate Write-in 14 0.00% Craig Ellis
for Vice President: Irving D. Smith
  Candidate Write-in 12 0.00% Timothy Allen Stevens
for Vice President: John Paul Mabry, Jr.
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 9 0.00% Michael Lynn "Mike" Smith
for Vice President: Daniel Lee White
FEC P60020781
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% Laurence J. "Larry" Kotlikoff
for Vice President: Edward Emery "Ed" Leamer
FEC P20004511
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% Scott Ralston Cubbler
for Vice President: Michael Rodriguez
FEC P60023207; 28 Nov 16; Tot $2,157; Dsb $1,274
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% Richard Turner Luesing, Jr.
for Vice President: Paul Dudley Bowling, III
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 5 0.00% Benjamin "Ben" Hartnell
for Vice President: Dave Marshall
  Candidate Write-in 4 0.00% David Perry
for Vice President: Eric "Rick" Seiley
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Equality) 4 0.00% Jerome S. "Jerry" White
for Vice President: Niles Niemuth
FEC P20004677; 28 Nov 16; Tot $11,357; Dsb $11,356
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% Roy Allen "Santa" Clark
for Vice President: David L. Knight
FEC P60016904
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% Richard A. Duncan
for Vice President: Ricky Johnson
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% Joseph Allen "Joe Exotic" Maldonado
for Vice President: Douglas K. Terranova
FEC P60018249; 30 Sep 16; Tot $12,032; Dsb $4,926
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 2 0.00% Marshall Roy Schoenke
for Vice President: James Creighton Mitchell, Jr
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 1 0.00% Cherunda Lynn Fox
for Vice President: Roger Matthew Kushner
FEC P60005303; 28 Oct 16; Tot $36,288; Dsb $36,288
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% William Martin Ling
for Vice President: Robert E. Ling
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 1 0.00% Sheila Telles "Samm" Tittle
for Vice President: R. Charles Casper-Kacprowicz
FEC P20002630
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 0 0.00% Anthony "Tony" Joseph Valdivia
for Vice President: Aaron Roy Barriere
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 0 0.00% Daniel Paul Zutler
for Vice President: Valerie M. Michaels
FEC P60007143
Total 1,924,149 100.00%  

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
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Rand Paul
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
7 April 2015: "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."
 Candidate list (2, 2 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 1,090,177 57.27% 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; 28 Nov 16; Tot $4,902,276; Dsb $7,250,052
  Candidate Democratic 813,246 42.72% Lexington Mayor  Jim P. Gray
FEC S6KY00120; 28 Nov 16; Tot $6,271,018; Dsb $6,235,234
  Candidate Write-in 36 0.00% Billy Ray Wilson
FEC S0KY00255
  Candidate Write-in 6 0.00% Angel Doss
Total 1,903,465 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Elected on a ticket with Governor; no separate Primary for Lt Gov from Gov

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

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 on General Election ballot, 4 Renominated);
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman James R. Comer
First elected in a Special and General Election 8 November 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
on General Election ballot
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 216,959 72.56% former Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,152,745; Dsb $1,057,834
  Candidate Democratic 81,710 27.33% Samuel Lewis "Sam" Gaskins
FEC H4KY01073; 28 Nov 16; Tot $14,625; Dsb $13,646
  Candidate Write-in 332 0.11% Terry McIntosh
FEC H6KY01151
Total 299,001 100.00%  
  
Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (Republican), who was first elected in 1994 and re-elected through 2014, announced his retirement on 29 September 2015 amid an ethics investigation.
31 August 2016: Congressman Whitfield announced his resignation effective 6 September at 6pm. A special election, concurrent with the 8 November 2016 general election, will be called.
8 November 2016: Former Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer (Republican) won the Special and General Election.

Special Election - 114th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Special Election
 Candidate list (2)
  Elected Republican 209,810 72.19% former Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,152,745; Dsb $1,057,834
  Candidate Democratic 80,813 27.81% Samuel Lewis "Sam" Gaskins
FEC H4KY01073; 28 Nov 16; Tot $14,625; Dsb $13,646
Total 290,623 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
 ** Uncontested Race **
 Candidate list (1) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 251,825 100.00% Congressman  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
FEC H8KY02031; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,729,236; Dsb $1,305,205
Total 251,825 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (2) - 115th Congress
  Elected Democratic 212,401 63.50% Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 28 Nov 16; Tot $690,555; Dsb $744,936
  Candidate Republican 122,093 36.50% Harold Bratcher
FEC H6KY03173; 01 Oct 16; Tot $7,525; Dsb $4,680
Total 334,494 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Thomas H. Massie
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
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
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (2) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 233,922 71.32% Congressman  Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 28 Nov 16; Tot $470,951; Dsb $387,566
  Candidate Democratic 94,065 28.68% Calvin Sidle
FEC H6KY04106
Total 327,987 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
 ** Uncontested Race **
 Candidate list (1) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 221,242 100.00% Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
FEC H0KY05015; 28 Nov 16; Tot $1,333,171; Dsb $1,344,362
Total 221,242 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
• Re-elected Tuesday 8 November 2016
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Renominated - 17 May 2016 Primary
 Candidate list (2) - 115th Congress
  Elected Republican 202,099 61.09% Congressman Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 28 Nov 16; Tot $2,585,980; Dsb $2,571,768
  Candidate Democratic 128,728 38.91% Nancy Jo Kemper
FEC H6KY06127; 28 Nov 16; Tot $454,922; Dsb $448,851
Total 330,827 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Democratic Secretary of State  Alison Lundergan Grimes
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Treasurer Allison Ball
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Ryan F. Quarles
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
 

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): 3 incumbents, 8 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 9 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  America's Party: 1 candidate
  American Delta: 1 candidate
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Forefathers Party
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Socialist Equality: 1 candidate
  Unity
  Veterans Party of America: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 9 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 26 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.

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.


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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
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 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
  WDKY TV/DT - FOX - Danville - Lexington
  WDRB TV - FOX - Louisville
  WHAS TV - ABC - Louisville
  WKYT & WYMT TV - CBS - Lexington
  WTVQ - ABC - Lexington

 


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