Voter turnout less than expected despite some very heated races


Posted on May 18, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 8:03 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Voter turnout was less than expected for Tuesday's Kentucky Primary despite some very heated races.

While the turnout was light overall, but in Jefferson County there are signs of a surge in Republican voting. 

WHAS11 received reports of three east end polling places running out of Republican ballots.

One of those precincts was Westport Tapp School, that's off Westport road.

They ran out of Republican paper ballots around three Tuesday afternoon.

So instead they had to use an electronic machine. The problem with that is there was only one, which caused long lines and long waits.

Some people even left without voting, saying they just didn't have time to wait.
Poll workers say they ran out because the Republican turnout was much larger than expected. The wait for Republican voters there was between 20 and 45-minutes after they ran out of ballots.

 The increased interest in the Republican ballot comes as no surprise to political observers.

The race that the nation is watching is Kentucky's Republican Senate race, which is seen as a battle between the establishment candidate Trey Grayson and the anti-establishment candidate Rand Paul.

Yet the Democratic Senate race also packs a lot of drama as Daniel Mongiardo and Jack Conway go down to the wire.

There are 11 mayoral candidates are on the ballot.

The politicians have had their say and now it's time for the voters.

Candidates worked late into the night Monday, trying to get as many last minute supporters as they can before the primary election began.

Tuesday, the polls opened at 7 a.m. for one of the most anticipated primary elections Kentucky voters have seen in years. The polls closed at 6 p.m., and the wait is on for the results.

WHAS11 is your political station and we will have the latest on the 2010 Kentucky Primary results as they come in. We will also be talking to candidates and political analysts throughout the evening.

WHAS11’s Special Coverage with Political Reporter Joe Arnold begins at 6:30 p.m. We will be streaming the coverage live on and also on 11.2, Insight channel 432 or Comcast channel 207.

You can also see the full list of results by clicking here.