Commonwealth Policy Center

Turnout in Kentucky’s general election was higher than expected at 41%. Yet even so, only four out of ten registered voters went to the polls to elect candidates for constitutional offices.  Republicans had historic victories as they won five out of six of the races.  Daniel Cameron made history as he became the first black person to win statewide office for Attorney General.  In the sole Republican defeat, Democrat Andy Beshear upset incumbent Governor Matt Bevin by a razor thin margin.  In other races, Michael Adams became the new Secretary of State.  Ryan Quarrels won a second term for Agriculture Commissioner, as did State Treasurer Allison Ball and Auditor Mike Harmon.  Now that the election is over, the hard part of governing begins. We wish each of them well as they serve the Commonwealth.