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Dozens Of Kentucky Legislative Seats On Tuesday’s Ballot

There are contested races in more than 50 House districts. The Senate has 15 contested races, but President David Williams is confident Republicans will maintain control of that chamber.

All 100 Kentucky House seats and 19 Senate seats will be on the ballot on Election Day. But as Kentucky not all districts have contested races.

Right now, there are 65 Democrats and 35 Republicans in the House, and Speaker Greg Stumbo believes Democrats will maintain the majority on Election Day.

“There’ll probably be some surprises. There always are when there’s that many races. We’re just encouraging our members to work as hard as they can. This is the fourth quarter. And as Bear Bryant said, that’s when the tough get going!” Stumbo said.

There are contested races in 57 House districts. The Senate has 15 contested races, but President David Williams is confident Republicans will maintain control of that chamber.

“We have a lot of good Republican candidates running for the state Senate. They have the Republican/conservative trend behind them. And I feel there’s a great possibility that we’ll pick up seats,” he said.

Currently, the Senate has 20 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one independent.

Editor’s note: There may be fewer contested races than originally reported because of candidacy challenges raised in several districts.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004.

His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states.

McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta.

In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011.

His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states.

McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.