The big news for the 2016 election is that Republicans now have a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate.
The other big news is that the turnout was almost 60%.
Longtime powerhouse rep Greg Stumbo, Democratic Speaker of the House, lost his race to newcomer Larry Brown. Stumbo had served in the House for over 30 years. Democrats have held a majority in the House since 1921.
A number of key Democrats in eastern Kentucky have fallen to their Republican opponents.
In the race for the US Senate, outgoing Republican Rand Paul (57%) won hands down over his Democratic challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (42%).
In the US House races, incumbent Republican President Andy Barr (61%) won over Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper (38%); Republican incumbent Thomas Massie (71%) took his seat against his challenger, Democrat Calvin Sidle (28%); former state agriculture commissioner James Comer (72%) defeated Democratic opponent Samuel Gaskins (27%); and Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth defeated Republican challenger Harold Bratcher.
Outgoing 17th District senator Damon Thayer (67%) easily retained his seat despite a challenge from Democrat Charlie Hoffman (32%).
“Tonight is a big night for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said US Senator Mitch McConnell. “I want to congratulate my friend and colleague in the Senate, Rand Paul, on his resounding victory. I congratulate all of my fellow Republicans in Congress on their victories across the state, and I am happy to welcome Jamie Comer, the new member of the Kentucky Congressional delegation. In a special way, I want to thank our many talented Republican candidates for the Kentucky State House and Senate.
“Until tonight, Kentucky was the last Southern state with at least one Democratic-controlled legislative chamber. Not anymore. By winning the State House and retaining the State Senate, a Republican State Legislature can work with Governor Bevin to truly move our state forward and pass many long-needed common sense reforms that will greatly benefit. to all Kentuckians. It’s a historic victory that will soon be felt throughout the Bluegrass state. “
Statewide, Republican Donald Trump won 62.5% of the vote versus Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 32.7% to win the Kentucky electoral votes.
State House of Representatives
Best throwing races
District 7 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Joy Gray 7,750 R Rep. Suzanne Miles 13,289
District 8 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Rep. Jeff Taylor 6,103 R Walker Thomas 6,577
District 12 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Jim Townsend 8,059 R Rep. Jim Gooch 12,711
District 14 – Recent reports: 100%
D Rep. Tommy Thompson 7,775 R Matt Castlen 13,554
District 16 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Rep. Martha Jane King 5,262 R Jason Petrie 10,119
District 23 – Percentage of reporting: 4%
D Danny Basil 465 R Steve Riley 792
District 24 – Percentage of reports: 95%
D Rep. Terry Milla 8,763 R Brandon Reed 9,865
District 38 – Recent reports: 91%
D McKenzie Cantrell 7,474 R Rep. Denny Butler 7,264
District 62 – Recent reports: 100%
D Rep. Chuck Tackett 9,288 R Phillip Pratt 12,662
District 74 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D James Davis 8,182 R Rep. David Hale 10,894
District 84 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Rep. Fitz Steele 6,012 R Chris Fugate 10,278
District 91 – Recent reports: 100%
D Rep. Cluster Howard 6,928 R Toby Herald 8,650
District 92 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Rep. John Short 7,287 R John Blanton 7,745
District 94 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Angie Hatton 8,393 R Frankie Justice 8,153
District 95 – Percentage declaring: 98%
D Rep. Greg Stumbo 7,873 R Larry Brown 8,903
Percentage of reports: 99%
Glenn Acree 62,510 Larry VanMeter 178,377
Percentage of reports: 98%
D Jim Gray 797,605 R Sen. Rand Paul 1,064,247
United States House
District 1 – Percentage of reporting: 99%
D Samuel L. Gaskins 80,644 R James R. Comer 215,270
District 3 – Percentage of reporting: 99%
D Rep. John Yarmuth 209,972 R Harold Bratcher 120,787
District 4 – Percentage of reporting: 99%
D Calvin Sidle 94,064 R Rep, Thomas Massie 233,922
District 6 – Percentage of reports: 100%
D Nancy Jo Kemper 128,760 R Andy Barr 202,093
For full status results go to Kentucky State Council of Elections results.