Primary Polls Open Til 6 Tonight

May 22, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.   -- Kentuckians will have their say in several political races on Tuesday, including late input in the Republican presidential primary.


Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is the only GOP candidate with an active presidential campaign. But Republicans Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum will be on Kentucky ballots.   

With Romney's nomination already virtually assured, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicted that only one in 10 Kentucky voters will cast ballots.  

A few other races are generating interest, including a Republican congressional primary in northern Kentucky's 4th District. State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie are front-runners for the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis.

Lexingtonians also have a number of contested races to decide. 

In the Sixth Congressional District, Republicans Andy Barr, Patrick Kelly, and Curtis Kennimer are vying to replace Congressman Ben Chandler in the general election. 

Stan Lee and Chris Tyler square off in the 45th Representative District, Richard Marrs and Lavinia Spirito in the 76th, and Chris Logan and Kenneth Kearns in the 79th.  Running unopposed are Robert Benvenuti in the 88th Representative District and Democrat Kathy Stein in the 13th Senatorial District.  Carl Rollins and Jerry Atwood will face off in the 56th Representative District.

In three Urban County Council races, the two top vote-getters will move on to the general election.  Lisa Sanden, Brannon Dunn, and Shevawn Akers will compete in the 2nd District, Diane Lawless, Stephanie Spires, Daniel Cooper, and Rock Daniels in the 3rd, and Bill Polyniak, Jennifer Mossotti, and Connie Knell, in the 9th.

Polls will remain open today until 6 p.m.