The Green Papers: Kentucky 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary (results delayed until 30 June): Tuesday 23 June 2020
General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Friday 10 January 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 2 June 2020 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 23 June 2020 - Primary (results delayed until 30 June). 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.
Friday 4 September 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. 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 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


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


2020 Kentucky Election Schedule from the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections.

2020 Primary Candidate Filings from the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections.

16 March 2020: Due to the COVID-19 virus, state officials have moved the primaries from 19 May to 23 June.

23 June 2020 Primary results, results from a media source.

Primary returns from the Commonwealth of 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 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Independent     Shawn W. Howard
for Vice President: Alyssa Howard

FEC P00011189; 30 Jun 20; Tot $2,835; Dsb $1,511

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Mitch McConnell
First elected: 1984; re-elected: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (5, 2 write-ins)
  Candidate Democratic     Amy McGrath
FEC S0KY00339; 30 Jun 20; Tot $47,296,924; Dsb $31,067,565
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Mitch McConnell
4 August 2018: Announced that he will run for re-election in 2020.

FEC S2KY00012; 30 Jun 20; Tot $31,798,161; Dsb $18,738,949
  Candidate Libertarian     Stephen Bradley "Brad" Barron
FEC S0KY00396; 30 Jun 20; Tot $112,187; Dsb $16,601
  Candidate Reform     Derek Leonard Petteys
?

FEC S0KY00412
  Candidate Independent     Alyssa Dara McDowell
?

FEC S0KY00446
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Paul John Frangedakis
23 June 2020: Lost the Republican Primary. Now running as a write-in.

FEC S0KY00347
  Candidate Write-in     Randall Lee Teegarden

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: 2019, 2023. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor  Andy Beshear
First elected: 2019
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023. Elected on a ticket with Governor; no separate Primary for Lt Gov from Gov

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor  Jacqueline Coleman
First elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023

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 Renominated);
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  James R. Comer
First elected in a Special [re: 6 September 2016 resignation of Member of Congress Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (Republican)] and General Election: 8 November 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     James Rhodes
FEC H0KY01071
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110; 30 Jun 20; Tot $434,132; Dsb $373,658

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Hank Linderman
FEC H8KY02080; 30 Jun 20; Tot $46,937; Dsb $30,122
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
FEC H8KY02031; 30 Jun 20; Tot $1,062,684; Dsb $1,060,321
  Candidate Libertarian     Robert Lee Perry
FEC H0KY02095; 30 Jun 20; Tot $10,243; Dsb $5,092
  Candidate Populist     Lewis Carter
FEC H0KY02129
  Candidate Write-in     Poet Tribble
FEC H0KY02103

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  John A. Yarmuth
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 30 Jun 20; Tot $392,730; Dsb $362,569
  Candidate Republican     Mike Craven
42.08%

FEC H8KY03187; 15 Jul 20; Tot $104,359; Dsb $103,966
  Candidate Republican     Rhonda Raye Palazzo
42.36%

FEC H0KY03259; 30 Jun 20; Tot $10,638; Dsb $7,632

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  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
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Alexandra Owensby
FEC H0KY04117; 30 Jun 20; Tot $59,574; Dsb $40,086
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 30 Jun 20; Tot $1,252,597; Dsb $1,257,535

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Matthew Ryan Best
FEC H0KY05155
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
FEC H0KY05015; 30 Jun 20; Tot $430,895; Dsb $645,225
  Candidate Independent     William Robert "Billy" Hibbitts
?

FEC H0KY05148

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Garland "Andy" Barr
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Josh Hicks
FEC H0KY06179; 30 Jun 20; Tot $1,366,236; Dsb $474,260
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 30 Jun 20; Tot $2,913,819; Dsb $866,185
  Candidate Libertarian     Frank Harris
FEC H8KY06222
  
16 June 2020: Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, 39, wife of Member of Congress Andy Barr, died suddenly at home in Lexington.

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Secretary of State  Michael G. Adams
First elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Attorney General  Daniel Cameron
First elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Treasurer  Allison Ball
First elected: 2015, re-elected: 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts  Mike Harmon
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2019, 2023

  Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Ryan F. Quarles
First elected: 2015, 2019
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2023
 

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, 7 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 9 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
  Reform (affiliates): 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Populist: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 3 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.


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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