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It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard
Kentucky Today

Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent in November.

Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Attorney General Andy Beshear will square off in the race for governor in November. (Kentucky Today file photos)

Beshear won a hard-fought battle with longtime state representative Rocky Adkins and former state auditor Adam Edelen. His strong showing in Louisville and west Kentucky proved to be the difference against Adkins, who led for much of the night.

Bevin and Beshear have dueled in court on many issues over the last three years and this race promises to engage many more voters in the general election this November.

Kentucky’s ailing state pension system and abortion are sure to be hot topics.

Bevin has tied himself to President Donald Trump, who sent out a phone message to Republican voters on Monday night showing support for him and sent out a tweet on Tuesday reminding voters to go to the polls for him. Bevin will continue to utilize Trump’s overwhelming popularity in Kentucky over the next five months.

Bevin prides himself on job creation in Kentucky and having one of the lowest unemployment rates in years.

While most of the attention in the primary election has been on the governor’s race and who will be facing off in November for the state’s highest office, several other constitutional offices were on the ballot too.

Attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and commissioner of agriculture were contested and have competitors for the general election on Nov. 5.

Here are Tuesday’s results for those offices:

Attorney General

Former Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo was uncontested in the primary and will meet Republican Daniel Cameron, a political newcomer and former aide to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, in November.

Kentucky hasn’t elected a Republican as attorney general in 70 years.

Secretary of State

Four Republicans and four Democrats battled in the primary. Facing off in November will be former Miss America Heather French Henry, who won the Democratic nomination, and former State Board of Elections member Michael Adams, who defeated three other GOP candidates in the primary.


Republican incumbent Allison Ball ran unopposed and will meet graphic designer Michael Bowman.


Republican incumbent Mike Harmon was unopposed and will face Democrat Sheri Donahue.

Agriculture Commissioner

Incumbent Ryan Quarles won the Republican primary and will face Scott County farmer Robert Haley Conway in November.

The last day to register to vote for the general election is 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at GoVoteKy.com

You can see if you’re registered at GoVoteKy.com by providing first and last name and birth date.

Unofficial results for the Primary Election reflect 658,979 ballots cast out of 3,421,796 registered voters, reported Secretary of State Alison Grimes.

The turnout was higher than anticipated, at 19.26 percent.
The unofficial Kentucky Primary Election vote totals for all counties are available at GoVoteKY.com.

The deadline to request a recanvass in any race is May 28 at 4 p.m. local time. Requested recanvasses will be conducted May 30 at 9 a.m. local time. 

The State Board of Elections will meet to certify vote totals for the General Election at 9 a.m. ET on June 4th.

KyForward staff contributed to this report

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