Limited election results roll in; official totals not released until June 30

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While official election results will not be made known until Tuesday, June 30, unofficial vote totals from in-person voting on Tuesday and in-person absentee voting leading up to Election Day have been tallied. 

The results below are considered unofficial and do not include votes from more than 6,000 absentee ballots that were mailed out from the Boyle County Clerk’s office. 

In the race for State Senate District 15, incumbent Rick Girdler picked up a large margin in Boyle County, getting 906 votes compared to 236 for his challenger, Larry Nichols. The 15th Senate District also consists of Pulaski and Lincoln counties. At the time of writing, results from those counties were not available. 

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With no Democrat running for this seat, the winner of the primary will represent the three counties in the Kentucky State Senate.

In one of the most closely contested races statewide, the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator, Charles Booker totaled 455 votes, leading a pack of nine other candidates. The next highest vote-getter was Amy McGrath, who totaled 219 votes. Mike Broihier brought in 91 votes, while Mary Ann Tobin and Jimmy Ausbrooks each brought in 19 votes. Maggie Jo Hilliard received 16 votes while Andrew Maynard received 12 votes. Bennie Smith received eight votes, while John Sharpensteen and Eric Rothmuller received six votes each. 

In the Republican race for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Mitch McConnell picked up 1,056 votes. Wesley Morgan had the next highest vote count with 52, followed by Louis Grider with 49. Naren James picked up 17 votes, while Paul Frangedakis picked up nine votes. Kenneth Lowndes and Nicholas Alsager finished with eight and four votes, respectively. 

In the Republican race for the U.S. House District 2, incumbent Brett Guthrie received 1,062 votes and his challenger, Kathleen Free, picked up 124 votes. 

Presidential primaries were on the ballot also. In the Democratic Presidential Primary, presumed nominee Joe Biden received 450 votes. The candidate with the next highest vote total was Bernie Sanders, who received 106 votes. Andrew Yang picked up 18 votes, while Elizabeth Warren received 15 and Pete Buttigieg as well as Tulsi Gabbard received 14. Amy Klobuchar received 11 votes, while Michael Bennet and Tom Steyer each received nine votes. Deval Patrick received two votes. “Uncommitted” was selected by 160 Democratic voters on their ballots. 

In the Republican Presidential Primary, incumbent President Donald Trump picked up 1,161 votes in Boyle County, while 70 Republican voters selected “uncommitted” on their ballot. 

Boyle County Clerk Trille Bottom said 6,674 absentee ballots were mailed out, but as of Tuesday evening, all of the returned ballots had not been counted, so she was unable to officially give an accurate number of how many absentee ballots had been returned to the clerk’s office. 

Absentee ballots that were postmarked by June 23 and received by Saturday, June 27 will be counted for the election.