Election Night Liveblog

by Gabe Bullard on May 22, 2012

8:50 pm: Attorney Morgan McGarvey appears to have won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s 19th Senate district. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McGarvey has 41 percent of the vote. His next-closest contender, environmental engineer Sarah Lynn Cunningham, has 34 percent.

8:30 pm: In the Metro Council’s Eighth District, incumbent Tom Owen has won the Democratic primary.

8:27 pm: In the 37th Kentucky Senate District GOP Primary, Chris Thieneman has defeated former Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins. He will face Democratic incumbent Perry Clark in the fall.

8:23 pm: In the Metro Council’s 14th District, Republican Bob Heuglin will face Democrat Cindi Fowler in the general election. Democratic incumbent Bob Henderson is retiring, and Republicans believe they can pick up the district.

8:10 pm: Tea Party favorite Thomas Massie has won the Fourth Congressional District Republican Primary over six opponents. He’s expected to win the general election as well, since the Fourth District is heavily Republican.

8:05 pm: 18th Metro Council District GOP nominee Marilyn Parker tells WFPL’s Phillip Bailey that she wants to see major cuts to Metro Council spending, tighter ethics rules and a seat on the budget committee. She is the second candidate to ever unseat an elected council incumbent, and the first to do so in a primary.

7:51 pm: With just over 95 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Attica Woodson Scott has won the Metro Council’s First District Democratic Primary and the seat. No Republican is running. Scott was appointed to the seat after Judy Green was removed on ethics charges.

7:49 pm: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Tea Party challenger Marilyn Parker has defeated incumbent Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson in the 18th District GOP Primary.

7:45 pm: With 50 percent of precincts reporting, President Barack Obama leads “uncommitted” in the Democratic Presidential Primary 58 percent to 42 percent.

7:40 pm: In General Assembly races, incumbent Democrat Denise Harper Angel defeated challenger Curtis Morrison in the 35th Senate District. Incumbent Reginald Meeks has a wide lead over Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in the 42nd House District Democratic Primary.

7:36 pm: In the Louisville Metro Council’s Second District, incumbent Barbara Shanklin has won the Democratic primary and a likely re-election. No Republican is seeking the seat.

7:34 pm: The Secretary of State’s voter fraud hotline received 31 calls today.

7:14 pm: The Associated Press has called the Third District Democratic primary for John Yarmuth. He’ll face GOP candidate Brooks Wicker in the fall. In the Sixth District GOP primary, Andy Barr has won and will face Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in the fall. Barr also won the nomination in 2010.

7:04 pm: The Associated Press has called Kentucky’s GOP presidential primary for Mitt Romney.

6:25 pm: Numbers are trickling in from across the state. You can follow the Secretary of State’s numbers here and the Jefferson County Clerk’s numbers here.

6:10 pm: From our colleagues in Kentucky Public Radio:

Calls to the state attorney general’s election fraud hotline have been running higher than a year ago. By mid-afternoon, 16 complaints had been received. That compares with a total a six complaints made during the 2011 primary. Spokeswoman Shelly Catharine Johnson says during the last presidential primary in 2008, the hotline received 59 calls.

6:00 pm: Polls are now closed. Turnout is looking to be very low. The record low for a four-year primary in Louisville is 13 percent. The clerk’s office expects turnout to be slightly higher today. The Secretary of State’s office expects turnout across Kentucky to be between 10 and 12 percent.

 

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