While the nation will be watching Tuesday whether Kentucky Dems go with Hillary or feel the Bern, Bluegrass voters will choose a number of other state and local nominees in both parties, as well, along with a few non-partisan contested races in Northern Kentucky.
Kentucky Republicans already stood behind GOP front-runner Donald Trump during the party’s first ever caucus in the state, a process that yielded long lines, traffic delays, and had many voters (and even some officials) confused.
Then-GOP hopeful and sitting U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, convinced the party to hold a caucus for the state’s presidential primary so that he could run simultaneously for the Republican presidential bid and for his current Senate seat.
On Tuesday, voters should see a process much more familiar.
Kentucky has a closed primary, which means voters must be registered as a party member in order to participate in any partisan primary. Independent voters can still participate in non-partisan city and judicial primaries.
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So Who's Running?
* indicates incumbent
President of the United States - Democratic
Roque Rocky De La Fuente
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders
U.S. Senate - Democratic
Jim Gray / Lexington
Rory Houlihan / Winchester
Jeff Kender / Phelps
Tom Recktenwald / Louisville
Grant T. Short / Owensboro
Sellus Wilder / Frankfort
U.S. Senate - Republican
James R. Gould / Lexington
Rand Paul* / Bowling Green
Stephen Howard Slaughter / Louisville
Kentucky State Representative 64th District - Democratic
Lucas Deaton / Independence
Larry Varney / Cold Spring
Kentucky State Representative 64th District - Republican
Sean P. Fitzgerald / Independence
Kimberly Poore Moser / Taylor Mill
Kentucky State Representative 70th District - Republican
James E. Johnson / Brooksville
John VanMeter / Maysville
City of Covington Mayor (Non-partisan)
Alfonse J. Mele II
Joseph U. Meyer
Matthew T. Winkler
Covington City Commissioner (Non-partisan)
John J. Flesch
Stuart Davis Warren
Newport City Commissioner (Non-partisan)
Thomas L. Guidugli
John C. Hayden
Nichole Hornback Hayden
Calvin Sidle is running uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the race for U.S. Representative 4th District. Incumbent Thomas Massie is running unopposed for the Republican nomination in that race.
State Senator Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, is running unopposed for the Republican nomination in the race for his 23rd district seat.