FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A record number of Kentuckians are registered to vote in the general election, which includes the historic presidential showdown between John McCain and Barack Obama, the secretary of state said.
Nearly 3 million residents are registered to vote in the Nov. 4 election. That includes 1.7 million Democrats and just more than 1 million Republicans, Secretary of State Trey Grayson said in a Wednesday press release.
"These healthy registration figures are an indication of a potentially strong turnout on election day," Grayson, a Republican, said.
Kentucky has seen a net increase of nearly 50,000 voters since the May primary, in which Hillary Clinton tallied about 100,000 more votes than McCain and Obama combined. The May primary set the previous record for voter registration in the state, with more than 2.8 million people on the rolls then.
Besides the presidential race this fall, voters will be deciding a bitter race between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican floor leader, and challenger Bruce Lunsford, a Democrat. All 100 of Kentucky's state House seats and half of the state's 38 Senate seats are also up for grabs this year.
Kentucky has eight electoral votes in the presidential election. Although registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, a late September Bluegrass Poll by The Courier-Journal Bluegrass found McCain with a comfortable lead over Obama, 53 percent to 41 percent.