GOP Ticket Carries Butler County; Johnson Defeats Willis in Race for Second District Constable
With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, the Republican ticket for statewide offices carried the way in Butler County over their Democratic counterparts in today's General Election. However, those results were precisely the opposite across the state, save one race, with Democrats garnering a solid majority of votes keeping them firmly in control of state government in Frankfort.
Ironically, in Butler County it was the top of the ticket that had the closest race. Republicans David Williams and Richie Farmer narrowly edged out Democrats Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson in the race for governor/lieutenant governor. The Williams-Farmer ticket received 1,140 votes, while the Beshear-Abramson ticket netted 938 votes, uncharacteristically close considering party affiliation. All other GOP contenders had a higher percentage of the vote in Butler County than did Williams and Farmer. The Independent ticket of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley received 94 votes in Butler County.
In the only local contest on the ballot, Republican Shawn Johnson defeated Democrat Dale Willis 322 to 228 (58 to 41 percent) in the race for Second District Constable. Johnson will take over the position previously held by R. L. Jennings, who passed away earlier this year.
Republican James R. Comer, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, received the most votes in Butler County, defeating Robert "Bob" Farmer 1,583 to 555. Comer was the lone Republican to win statewide office. He did so with approximately 64 percent of the vote across the state.
For Secretary of State, Republican Bill Johnson carried the county over Alison Lundergan Grimes, 1,251 to 883. In the race for Attorney General, Democrat Todd P'Pool defeated Democrat Jack Conway in Butler County, 1,297 to 835. For Auditor, Republican John T. Kemper III received 1,337 votes to 721 for Democrat Adam H. Edelen. In the State Treasurer's race, Republican K.C. Crosbie led in Butler County with 1,380 to votes to Democrat L. J. "Todd" Hollenbach's 645 votes. Libertarian Kenneth C. Moellman Jr. had 83 votes.
Republican Crosbie ran a competitive race statewide with approximately 46 percent of the vote.
A dismal voting turnout was reported across the state and that pattern was seen in Butler County with a relatively low percentage of registered voters actually casting votes.
Pictured above are Butler County Republican Chairman Joe D. Forgy and Morgantown resident James Askew. Both were at the Butler County Courthouse awaiting election results.