Hughes stepping down as Kentucky Democratic Party chairman

After less than a year on the job, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes plans to step down from the job.
    
In an email to fellow Democrats, Hughes says he is resigning to fully focus on his law practice.
    
Hughes says he notified the party’s State Central Executive Committee. The Edgewood attorney says he will do everything he can to ensure a "smooth transition" for his successor.
    
Hughes’ announcement late Friday comes at a time when the Democratic Party is at a low ebb in Kentucky.
    
Democrats lost the governorship and some other statewide offices in last year’s election. Democrats are clinging to a slim majority in the Kentucky House. House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover is predicting Monday will be "an historic day" in Kentucky. He has declined to elaborate.

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