Higdon Wins Special State Senate Election

by Rick Howlett on December 8, 2009

Republican Rep. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon won a decisive victory in Tuesday’s special election in a central Kentucky senatorial district. Higdon

If, as many political pundits claimed, the Senate race was a referendum on expanded gambling, then the electorate wants the issue decided through a constitutional amendment. That’s the position Republican Rep. Jimmy Higdon took in his campaign against Democrat Jodie Haydon, who supported slots at horse tracks. Higdon won by more than 2,400 votes.

“Maybe, later on, somebody can analyze this to see if it’s a mandate for something. I don’t know. I can just tell you what I know, I worked very hard and we’ve got a great team,” he said.

Republicans also grabbed the northeast Kentucky House seat formerly held by Democrat Robin Webb of Grayson who’s now a state senator. Republican Jill York defeated Democrat Barry Webb in that race.

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Rick Fagan December 9, 2009 at 11:50 am

I live in Nelson County. Haydon resorted to some very negative and distasteful campaigning and it bit him in the hind end. Also, this was clearly an effort by the Governor to get a Democratic majority in the Senate, so he can get video gaming, etc. approved without the people voting for or against it. His (the Governors’)underhanding, dirty dealing politics were clearing “seen” by the populace and we rejected him.

Kathryn Jewett December 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Higdon fought this campaign with only one third the funds that were available to Jodie Haydon. I was only one of hundreds of volunteers that worked many long hours on behalf of Jimmy Higdon. All of those faithful conservatives deserve a great deal of gratitude for this victory. But lets give credit where credit is due. In truth, Obama, Pelosi and Reed are also hugely responsible for Republican victories in both special elections that were held in Kentucky yesterday. Keep it up, Dems and who knows how many seats you will lose in November of next year!

Marilyn Gray December 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I live in Mercer County. I’ve listened to many voices in our county and surrounding areas. They are concerned and frustrated with the political agendas in Washington, D.C. Could this election be a message from the people in our district and our northeastern Kentucky’s senate race? We are a diverse nation with an abundance of opinions. When there is a common thread to these opinions. We want politicians to hear us ! I firmly believe these silent voters are
going to speak loudly.

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