Kentucky Resources

Population: 4,425,092 (2015)

Filing deadline: Jan 30, 2018.

Primary: May 22, 2018.

Kentucky (R+13) is a conservative state which is increasingly safe for the GOP in federal elections. However, Democrats are still highly competitive on the statewide and local levels. Kentucky is 88% White and 7% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 8. Ken­tucky has voted for the president in every election since 1964, except for 2008 and 2012. It appears we can classify it as Safe Republican in Presidential elections lately.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Mitch McConnell

Senator class 2: Mitch McCon­nell (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Appropriations, Intelligence, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mitch McCon­nell

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
Lawyer and County Commissoner Mitch McCon­nell (b.1942) has chaired the GOP Senate caucus since 2007. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and received 56% in 2014.

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Rand Paul

Senator class 3: Rand Paul (R)
Committees: Foreign Relations, Health & Education, Homeland Security, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rand Paul

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
Opthalmologist Rand Paul (b.1963) was first elected in 2010 and won 57% in 2016. He is the son of former Congressman Ron Paul, the libertarian thorn in the GOP’s side. Rand is more moderate, not least in style and rethoric, but is still radical enough. His principled stand on surveillance and privacy has won him supporters but also annoyed a lot of fellow Republicans. In 2016, he ran for president, but suspended the campaign after Iowa.

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House of Representatives: 6 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 5 Republicans.

James Comer

District 1
Representative: James Comer (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Oversight, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: James Comer

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (R+18) covers the western/southwestern corner of Kentucky and is 90% White. Lawyer Ed Withfield (b.1943) was first elected in 1994, but resigned Sept. 6, 2016. The Republicans nominated former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer who won 72% in a special election concurrent with the general election, in which he won 73%.

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Brett Guthrie

District 2
Representative: Brett Guthrie (R)
Committees: Education, Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brett Guthrie

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (R+16) covers the northern, central areas of the state, including suburbs of Louisville and Lexington. It is 90% White voters. Businessman and State Senator Brett Guthrie (b.1964) was first elected in 2008 and was unopposed in 2016.

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John Yarmuth

District 3
Representative: John Yarmuth (D)
Committees: Budget (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: John Yarmuth
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (D+4) covers Louisville and suburbs. It is 74% White and 19% Black. Publisher John Yarmuth (b.1947) was first elected in 2006, when he beat the Republican incumbent. He won 64% in 2016.

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Thomas Massie

District 4
Representative: Thomas Massie (R)
Committees: Oversight, Science, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Thomas Massie

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (R+16) covers the northern areas of the state, in a thin stripe along the Ohio river. It is 93% White. Businessman and County Commissioner Thomas Massie (b.1971) has represented the district since winning a special election in 2012 and won 71% in 2016.

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Hal Rogers

District 5
Representative: Hal Rogers (R)
Committees
: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Hal Rogers

Rating, May 12, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+25) covers the eastern parts of Kentucky. It is 97% White. Lawyer and County Attorney Hal Rogers (b.1937) has represented the area since 1981 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Andy Barr

District 6
Representative: Andy Barr (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Andy Barr

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers Lexington and the state capital Frankfort. It is 85% White. Lawyer Andy Barr (b.1973) wrestled the seat from a Democrat in 2012 and won 61% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The fifth Tuesday after the election.

All State Officers in Kentucky are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years.

Matt Bevin

Governor: Matt Bevin (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Matt Bevin

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2012:
Businessmann Matt Bevin (b.1967), who lost the GOP primary to Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014, won the office for the GOP in 2015 with almost 53%.

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Jenean Hampton

Lieutenant Go­vernor: Jenean Hampton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jenean Hampton

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
The lieutenant governor is chosen by the governor and the two run together for the nomination (and the election). Bevin picked Tea Party-activist and veteran Jenean Hampton (b.1958) as his lieutenant governor. Hampton is the first African American to win a state office in Kentucky.

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Alison Grimes

Secretary of State: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
Lawyer Alison Lundergan Grimes (b.1978) barely scraped by in 2015, with 51%. She is ineligible for re-election but is rumored to be looking at running for governor.

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Allison Ball

Treasurer: Allison Ball (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Allison Ball

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
Lawyer and former congressional aide Allison Ball (b.1981) won the office in 2015 with almost 61%.

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Mike Harmon

Auditor: Mike Harmon (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Harmon

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
State Representative and businessman Mike Harmon (b.1966) won the office in 2015 with 52%.

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Andy Beshear

Attorney General: Andy Beshear (D)

Democratic nominee: Andy Beshear
Republican nominee:

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
Lawyer Andy Beshear (b.1977), son of former governor Steve Beshear (D), held the office for the Democrats with just over 50% in 2015.

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Ryan Quarles

Agriculture Commissioner: Ryan Quarles (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ryan Quarles

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 12, 2016:
Lawyer, farmer and State Representative Ryan Quarles (b.1983) held the office for the GOP in 2015 with 60%.

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State Senate: 38 (11D / 27R). Term: 4 years; half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 100 (36D / 64R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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