Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:39

Voter turnout in the Primary Election ranged just above 9% yesterday statewide.  In Barren County turnout was slightly more than the state average, at 10.3% but still the talk among the precinct workers at the Barren County Court Clerk’s office was the unusually low amount of voters who turned out.  That’s predictable with the small number of races on the ballot and the small number of candidates.  There were only 7 races in Barren County yesterday.  Senator David Williams from Burkesville won a 3 way race to earn the republican nomination for Governor.  In Barren County the Williams Farmer Ticket got 796 votes, or 62% compared to 379 votes for Tea Party backed Phil Moffett and Bobbie Holsclaw who garnered just  69 votes. To the surprise of many pundits, that race was much closer on the statewide level, with Senator Williams receiving 48% of the vote to Phil Moffett’s 38%.  That will set up a spirited fall campaign between David Williams and incumbent Governor Steve Beshear.   Another race of local interest, former Bowling Green Mayor and current Secretary of State Elaine Walker was defeated by Alison Lundergan Grimes.  However in Barren County voters turned out heavily for Elaine Walker, giving her nearly 70% of the vote. Glasgow native David L. Williams got 12% of the vote in a 5 way race for the democratic nomination for Agriculture Secretary… That’s almost 19,000 votes.  Bob Farmer wins the nomination with 30% of the vote and will take on Tompkinsville native Republican Jamie Comer in the fall.  Comer actually got the most votes of any candidate in any race on yesterday’s ballot, with 82% of the vote compared to Rob Rothenberger’s 17%  Other winners Democrat -Todd Hollenbach wins the nomination for State Treasurer and Republican John T. Kemper wins the State Auditor of Public Accounts nomination.


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