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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A contentious campaign season gave way to a relatively quiet Election Day, as voters across Kentucky headed to the polls on Tuesday to settle one of the most acrimonious political races in the country.
Republican Rand Paul defeated Democrat Jack Conway after they spent months in a heated contest to become the state's new U.S. senator, one of dozens of positions being decided in the state.
Also being decided were all six of Kentucky's congressional seats, along with mayoral offices in Louisville and Lexington, 19 state Senate seats, 100 state House seats and local races by the score.
There was heavy traffic at the polls in Louisville and some surrounding counties, and officials expected turnout across the state to be around 48 percent.
"The turnout is heavy in Jefferson and surrounding counties; for the rest of the state, it's pretty steady," said Les Fugate, spokesman for the secretary of state's office. "That doesn't cause us to alter our turnout predictions at all. It just feeds into what we thought might happen."
The state's election-fraud hot line received 212 calls, including 35 from Jefferson County, the state's largest. Several counties had claims of vote buying, including four complaints in Perry County and two in Knott County, the state attorney general's office reported.
The calls represented an uptick from the May primary, when the office fielded 126 calls. The office received 272 calls on Election Day two years ago.
Fugate said there were lines in some places, particularly those that use electronic ballots. In more than 45 of Kentucky's 120 counties, voters were getting their first chance to use the digital scan voting system, designed to make tabulating faster on election night.
The machines, however, also make voting slower. Fugate said several precincts in Fayette County requested additional machines to deal with turnout.
Glitches were few. Both machines in a Lexington-area precinct were down for about 45 minutes before being repaired, one of several very minor problems reported across the state.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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