The Kentucky Primary Election was held on Tuesday, May 17 and saw less than half of one percent of the votes cast divide Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In total, Clinton garnered 212,550 votes (46.76 percent), and Sanders received 210,626 votes (46.33 percent).
In Grayson County, Clinton received 705 votes (49.89 percent), and Sanders received 630 votes (44.59 percent).
Also listed on the Democratic Primary ballot for President of the United States were Martin J. O’Malley, who received a total of 5,703 votes (1.25 percent), Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, who received 1,593 votes (0.35 percent), and Uncommitted, which was selected by 24,101 voters.
Grayson Countians also cast ballots on Tuesday for Primary Elections for United States Senator for Kentucky and State Senator for Kentucky’s 5th Senatorial District.
On the Republican ticket for United States Senator were Incumbent Senator Rand Paul, Stephen Howard Slaughter, and James R. Gould.
Receiving a total of 169,180 votes (84.79 percent), Paul defeated both Howard and Slaughter.
In Grayson County, Paul received 1,169 votes to Slaughter’s 122 and Gould’s 111.
On the Democratic ticket for United States Senator were Jim Gray, Rory Houlihan, Jeff Kender, Ron Leach, Tom Recktenwald, Grant T. Short, and Sellus Wilder.
Jim Gray, the current Mayor of Lexington, KY, won the Democratic Primary for United States Senator with 240,613 votes (58.73 percent) and will face Paul in the November General Election.
In Grayson County, Gray received 692 votes (55.05 percent) to Houlihan’s 48, Kender’s 70, Leach’s 237, Recktenwald’s 65, Short’s 46, and Wilder’s 99.
Finally, in the Democratic Primary for District 5 Kentucky State Senator, Leslie J. Stith received 5,470 (52.29 percent) of the votes cast, defeating Ricky Alvey, whom received 4,990 (47.71 percent) of the votes cast.
In Grayson County, Alvey received 942 votes (70.99 percent) to Stith’s 385 (29.01 percent).
Following his Primary win, Stith will face Republican Candidate Steve Meredith in the November General Election for current District 5 Senator Carroll Gibson’s seat.
Gibson, a Republican, chose not to run for re-election, and Meredith went unopposed in the Primary Election.
Kentucky Senatorial District 5 consists of Grayson, Breckinridge, Edmonson, Hart, LaRue, and Meade Counties.
Overall, Grayson County saw 2,838 (16.75 percent) of its registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s Primary Election, and Grayson County Clerk Sherry Weedman said she had anticipated voter turnout to be between 15 to 18 percent.
According to Weedman, the cost of operating each of Grayson County’s 22 polling places, regardless of voter turnout, is nearly $2,000 per polling place.
In addition, Weedman said Tuesday’s Primary Election was the most smoothly run election in some time.
“I want to thank my staff for the great job they do as usual and all the precinct workers who helped make this a successful election,” said Weedman.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.