Elliott wins state rep race in landslide

Published 10:41 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Daniel Elliott won the race for 54th District state representative easily Tuesday, defeating his opponent Bill Noelker by substantial margins in Boyle and Casey counties.

It was the third time this year that Elliott won an election, having previously defeated Noelker in a special election before winning the Republican primary in May.

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“I’m very humbled by the confidence the people in Boyle and Casey counties have placed in me this year in three elections,” Elliott said. “I’m going to keep working and fighting every day for working families in Frankfort as long as I’m privileged to serve there.”

Elliott and Noelker were selected as special-election candidates early in the year, after former state Rep. Mike Harmon vacated his seat to become Kentucky state auditor. Elliott won that election by a landslide in Casey County, while Noelker edged out Elliott for slightly more votes in Boyle County.

That pattern didn’t hold in the general election, as Elliott claimed 85.32 percent of the votes in Casey County and 57.8 percent of the votes in Boyle County.

Noelker could not be reached for comment before press time.

The final vote totals in Boyle County were 7,286 for Elliott and 5,330 for Noelker. The final vote totals in Casey County were 5,321 for Elliott and 915 for Noelker.

Advocate-Messenger editor Ben Kleppinger contributed to this report.