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Primary Includes Races In 25 Kentucky House Districts

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio

All 100 Kentucky House seats are up for grabs this year, but in today’s primary, only 25 House districts have contested races.

A look at a few of them:

Two Republicans are battling for the opportunity to take on House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark of Louisville this fall. Two Democrats are fighting for the seat held by former House budget chairman Harry Moberly of Richmond, who’s retiring.

Republican Rep. Scott Brinkman of Louisville and Democratic Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville are also retiring, and there are primary battles for their seats.

Freshman lawmaker Jill York of Grayson has Republican opposition and two Republicans are fighting for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. Tom McKee of Cynthiana this fall.

Democratic representatives with primary opposition include Jim Gooch of Providence, Jimmie Lee of Elizabethtown, Tom Riner of Louisville, Royce Adams of Dry Ridge, Sannie Overly of Paris, Richard Henderson of Jeffersonville, Teddy Edmonds of Jackson, Ancel “Hard Rock” Smith of Leburn, Keith Hall of Phelps and Leslie Combs of Pikeville.

Republicans representatives with primary opponents include Tommy Turner of Somerset, Charlie Siler of Williamsburg, Adam Koenig of Erlanger and Lonnie Napier of Lancaster.

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Some Kentucky Senators Have Primary Opponents

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky’s U-S Senate race is the main attraction in today’s primary election, but several state Senate seats are also being fought over.

Half of the Senate’s 38 seats are up for grabs this year, but only nine Senate districts have primary battles.

Senate President David Williams of Burkesville has opposition within his Republican Party.

Four Republicans and two Democrats are vying for the seat now held by Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley of Richmond. Two Democrats and two Republicans want the seat held by Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville. Tapp and Worley are retiring.

Republican Senators Tom Buford of Nicholasville, Ernie Harris of Crestwood, Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington and Julie Denton of Louisville all have primary opponents, as does Democratic Sen. R-J Palmer of Winchester.