The Green Papers: Kentucky 2019 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 21 May 2019
General Election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Tuesday 29 January 2019 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 21 May 2019 - 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 5 November 2019 - General Election. Polling hours reportedly 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 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


27 January 2017: HB 81 and SB 52 have been introduced to move elections for statewide executive offices from the odd year prior to a Presidential election year to Presidential election years. Statewide offices up for election in 2019 would have 5 year terms (to 2024). After that, there would be no statewide off year elections.

The primary is for the Democratic and Republican parties. If the nomination is uncontested, the candidate does not appear on the primary ballot.


2019 Kentucky Election Calendar from the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections.

Candidate Filings and Sample Election Ballots for the May 2019 Primary from the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections.

21 May 2019: Primary Election results from a media source.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th 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
 Candidate list (12)
  Candidate Democratic     Jimmy C. Ausbrooks
FEC S0KY00313
  Candidate Democratic     Michael George "Mike" Broihier
FEC S0KY00321
  Candidate Democratic     Steven Jewell Isom Cox
FEC S0KY00271; 30 Jun 19; Tot $4,786; Dsb $4,278
  Candidate Democratic     Kevin Elliott
FEC S0KY00305
  Candidate Democratic     Matt Jones
FEC S0KY00370
  Candidate Democratic     Andrew J. Maynard
FEC S0KY00289
  Candidate Democratic     Amy McGrath
FEC S0KY00339
  Candidate Democratic     Loretta Babalmoradi Noble
FEC S0KY00362
  Candidate Democratic     Bennie J. Smith
FEC S0KY00354
  Candidate Republican     Paul Frangedakis
FEC S0KY00347
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Mitch McConnell
4 August 2018: Announced that he will run for re-election in 2020.

FEC S2KY00012; 30 Jun 19; Tot $5,199,015; Dsb $919,655
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Clinton Wesley "Wes" Morgan
FEC S0KY00297; 30 Jun 19; Tot $9,974; Dsb $5,825

Class 3 Republican Senator  Rand Paul
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

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

Chair up for regular election 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.
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General  Andy Beshear
for Lieutenant Governor: Jacqueline Coleman
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Ralph A. Alvarado

25 August 2018: Announced he would run for re-election.
  Candidate Libertarian     John Hicks
for Lieutenant Governor: Ann Cormican
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Workers Party)     Amy Husk
for Lieutenant Governor: Samir Hazboun

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Open Seat - 25 January 2019: Governor Matt Bevin announced that he would run for re-election with Ralph Alvarado as his running mate.

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman  James R. Comer
First elected in a Special [re: 6 September 2016 resignation of Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (Republican)] and General Election: 8 November 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110; 30 Jun 19; Tot $151,233; Dsb $123,428

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3 Democratic Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 30 Jun 19; Tot $113,804; Dsb $129,672

Incumbent - 116th 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 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Shannon Fabert
FEC H0KY04125
  Candidate Democratic     Alexandra Owensby
FEC H0KY04117; 30 Jun 19; Tot $775; Dsb $202
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 30 Jun 19; Tot $67,573; Dsb $76,553

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Independent     William Robert "Billy" Hibbitts
FEC H0KY05148

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Garland "Andy" Barr
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (4) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Josh Hicks
FEC H0KY06179
  Candidate Democratic     Daniel Kemph
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 30 Jun 19; Tot $1,029,303; Dsb $184,286
  Candidate Republican     Geoffrey M. "Geoff" Young
FEC H4KY06163

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Secretary of State  Alison Lundergan Grimes
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Open Seat
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Deputy State Veterans Affairs Commissioner  Heather French Henry
  Candidate Republican     state Elections Board Member Michael G. Adams

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Attorney General  Andy Beshear
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Open Seat - 9 July 2018: Candidate for Governor in 2019.
21 May 2019: Won his primary for Governor.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Gregory D. Stumbo
  Candidate Republican     Daniel Cameron

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer  Allison Ball
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Renominated
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Bowman
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Allison Ball

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor of Public Accounts  Mike Harmon
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     Sheri Donahue
  Candidate Republican     Auditor of Public Accounts  Mike Harmon
  Candidate Libertarian     Kyle Hugenberg

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Ryan F. Quarles
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     former Scott County School Boardmember Robert Haley Conway
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture Commissioner  Ryan F. Quarles
  Candidate Libertarian     Joshua "Josh" Gilpin
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 20 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 13 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Socialist Workers Party: 1 candidate
  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.

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
  Kentucky Constitution.
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
  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
  WHAS TV - ABC - Louisville
  WKYT & WYMT TV - CBS - Lexington
  WTVQ - ABC - Lexington

 


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