Full recap: Kentucky primary elections


by Joe Arnold


Posted on May 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 4:13 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- They were relatively few but they packed a strong political punch.  Kentucky primary voters on Tuesday decided candidates for the fall ballot.  For nominees without general election opposition, Tuesday's vote has the effect of a general election victory.

The Tea Party made a statement in both the Fourth Congressional District GOP primary, won by the Rand Paul endorsed Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie over six others.  Democrat nominee Bill Adkins will face Massie in November in the heavily Republican district.

In a Republican primary for the Louisville Metro Council, Tea Party activist Marilyn Parker unseated incumbent GOP Councilman Jon Ackerson by a slim 37 vote margin.  The 18th Metro Council District includes the Shelbyville Road corridor east of I-264.

Jefferson County Democrats chose Tom Wine over three other primary opponents in the Commonwealth's Attorney race.  With no Republicans on the fall ballot, and barring a write-in campaign, Wine will succeed Dave Stengel as chief prosecutor in Kentucky's most populous county.

About 10 percent of registered voters turned out statewide, with Jefferson County's turnout at about 15.5 percent.

Mitt Romney outpaced President Barack Obama in the presidential contenders' respective primaries.  Romney won the GOP primary with 67 percent of the vote.  President Barack Obama garnered only 58 percent support - compared to "uncommitted," which received 42 percent of Democrats' votes.

Incumbent State Representative Wade Hurt (D-Louisville) was unseated by Jeffery Donohue in the Democrat primary for the 37th House District.  Two years ago, Hurt won the seat as a Republican after Donohue was disqualified from the ballot.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Democratic primary became contentious in the closing days of the campaign when the campaign of the subsequent fourth place finisher, Tom Van de Rostyne, aired an attack ad accusing the other candidates of "double-dipping" if they won the election, because each would draw both a pension and a salary while in office.

WHAS11 asked Wine, the de-facto Commonwealth's Attorney elect, whether he would keep Cobb and Van de Rostyne in the Commonwealth's Attorney office.

"The measuring stick for every prosecutor is that they are ethical, they are hard working and they're willing to serve this community," Wine replied, "and I have no reason to believe that Carol Cobb is not going to measure up to that right away."

Wine did not express similar confidence in Van de Rostyne's future in the prosecutor's office.  Van de Rostyne is a seasoned hand in the office, having prosecuted more than 1400 cases, including 60 felony cases over the last 11 years.

"I don't know yet what Tom's plans are," Wine said.  "but we'll explore that issue when we get there."

Wine was further asked if the attack ads will factor in his decision whether to retain Van de Rostyne as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.

"Again all I can say is, I just don't know Tom that well and I look forward to talking with both of them," Wine said.

With Tea Party candidates nationally saying that they will not compromise on spending issues, Parker was asked whether she would work to block Mayor Greg Fischer's plans.

"There's only a few issues that I think are non-negotiable," Parker explained, "and that is fiscal responsibility, transparency and ethics." 

Railing against the unusually healthy apportionments of taxpayer dollars for Metro Council members to spend in a discretionary fund, Parker vowed to unilaterally turn over 50 to 75 percent of her discretionary monies if it is not a policy, overall.

Parker faces Democrat Teague Ridge in the fall.  Ridge is the assistant General Manager at Oxmoor Country Club and owns entertainment and marketing companies.

WHAS11's Political Editor Joe Arnold has a full recap of the night, click on the video player above.


-Romney wins GOP primary in Ky.

-Tea party's Massie wins Republican nomination in 4th District

-Dem incumbent Hurt loses primary to Donahue

-Charles Hatchett, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 1, Ky.

-John Yarmuth nominated to U.S. House District 3, Kentucky.

-William Adkins, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 4, Kentucky

-Kenneth Stepp, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 5, Ky.

-Andy Barr, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 6, Kentucky