LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
Republican stalwarts Mitch McConnell, Hal Rogers and Brett Guthrie have breezed to their party’s nominations Tuesday night in Kentucky. Undeterred by President Donald Trump's criticism, Rep. Thomas Massie who represents the state's 4th District, also won his nomination.
Rep. Andy Barr, who just laid his wife to rest after her unexpected death, has the nomination to represent the 6th District.
More in-person results come in and more victories declared by incumbents.
A couple of hours after the Charles Booker campaign filed an injunction to keep polls open in Jefferson County until 9 p.m., a judge has denied that request.
Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annie O'Connell denied the motion late Tuesday.
The Booker campaign filed the injunction, citing "extensive traffic delays around the Expo Center, which is serving as the sole polling location for all voters in Jefferson County, home to most of the state’s Black voters."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cruised to the Republican nomination Tuesday night in pursuit of a seventh term, but his general election challenger might not be known for days.
Secretary of State Michael Adams is applauding the success of the primaries.
"While all eyes were on Kentucky today, we offered the nation a model for success in conducting an election during a pandemic. I’m proud of Kentuckians for exercising their rights, and proud of the bipartisan coalition who worked with me – the Governor, State Board of Elections, county clerks, and poll workers – to make this election both successful and safe," he said.
Amy McGrath's campaign has also filed an injunction to keep polls open.
She said via Twitter, "Everyone in line should be able to vote. We're also filing an injunction to keep the polls open in Jefferson County. Stay in line."
Doors were locked when polls closed but dozens remained outside, banging on doors to be let in to cast their ballot. The Jefferson County Board of Elections allowed those who were waiting on the patio at the Kentucky Expo Center to vote.
Cheers could be heard as dozens of people filed inside the facility.
Polls were expected to close but Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker has filed an injunction to keep polls open in Jefferson County until every person has voted.
“For hours, we’ve been hearing reports that people are stuck in hour-long lines to park their car before they can vote,” Colin Lauderdale, Rep. Booker’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “We’re fully committed to ensuring that each one of those people can vote, which is why we’re filing an emergency petition to extend voting hours. We need to keep the only polling location in Louisville open, because every single voice deserves to be heard and everyone who wants to should be able to cast their ballot.”
The lines were long at closing time.
Grammy Award-winning artist Ariana Grande sent her support to Kentucky voters in the form of food.
The “Thank U, Next” singer sent food and coffee trucks to the Kentucky Expo Center for those waiting in line, expressing their right to vote in Tuesday’s primary.
“Please pull up, enjoy and use your voice today we need you,” she posted on Twitter.
With under an hour to go until polls close, the Kentucky Expo Center is seeing a steady stream of people coming in to cast their ballots. Those who are in line at 6 p.m. when polls are close, will still be allowed to vote.
Officials are expected to give a final tally of in-person voting around 6:30 p.m.
Secretary of State Michael Adams said one of his accomplishments is moving Kentucky light years ahead in transitioning the state to paper ballots and away from electronic voting machines.
“That was a policy goal of mine for this decade and we’re about there,” he said via Twitter.
Kentucky Board of Election is allowing absentee mail-in voters to track their ballot. Kentucky's primary is gaining national attention and the state's Board of Elections says there is a lot of "misinformation" surrounding voter suppression claims.
Primary day has arrived in Kentucky after being delayed due to COVID-19, which is still having an impact on the election.
Communications Director Miranda Combs with Secretary of State Michael Adams' office says up to 103,837 have voted statewide in the primary.
Secretary of State Michael Adams and state election officials argued that there was "misinformation" surrounding voter suppression claims.
Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, said that even though absentee ballots were made available, having one polling location still disenfranchised some voters.
Things appear to be running smoothly at the Kentucky Expo Center. Voters tell political editor Chris Williams their experience was "fast."
Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office says they have received 49 complaints on the voter fraud line since polls opened this morning.
6:00 a.m. - Polls opened in the commonwealth and will remain open until 6:00 p.m.
Kentucky leaders are still being hammered with accusations of voter suppression and questions about polling locations, mainly in one county.
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It's true--Jefferson County, the commonwealth's largest county has only one polling location. This was announced weeks ago and here are the options the state put in place:
- Mail-in voting
- No excuse early voting
- TARC is also providing free rides to that location which is the Kentucky Exposition Center on Phillips Lane.
- 175,053 ex-offenders have had their voting rights restored