Kentucky 5/22 Primary: At a Glance


Kentucky has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 22. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

Kentucky has an closed primary. Voters need to be registered by April 23. Register or check your registration status at I Will Vote.

The State At A Glance
– No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
– All 6 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Kentucky went +30 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (R)
State Senate 27 (R) – 11 (D)
State House 63 (R) – 36 (D)  plus one vacant seat

Key Races

Justice Daniel Venters, in the District 3 seat, announced that he would not seek re-election. Voters in Kentucky will get to decide who will fill that seat. Supreme Court races are run as nonpartisan races. Read through their campaign websites to get a sense of  how they might rule from the bench.

Daniel Ballou – campaign website
Debra Hembree Lambert – campaign website
David Tapp – campaign website

The 6th district is listed by several outlets as a competitive race, currently held by Republican Andy Barr. The Democratic primary is crowded with six candidates. To date, McGrath, Gray, and Thomas have posted the best fundraising numbers.

Jim Gray – campaign website
Theodore Green – no campaign website
Daniel Kemph – campaign website
Amy McGrath – campaign website
Reggie Thomas – campaign website
Geoff Young – campaign website

19 of the 38 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 5 seats to break the Republican supermajority. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 100 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans won control of the State House in 2016–the Democrats need to flip 15 seats to retake the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Kentucky Elections 2018  To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Kentucky Democrats.

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