Special elections could determine control of Kentucky House
The fate of the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats is in the hands of a few thousand Kentucky voters in four House districts throughout the state.
Voters on Tuesday are electing four state representatives in a series of special elections created by resignations and two strategic appointments by new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Democrats have 50 members. Republicans have 46.
A Republican sweep of the four races would mean Democrats would not control the chamber for the first time since 1920 and hand Bevin a trump card as he tries to push through $650 million in state spending cuts.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The special elections are happening in the following districts:
- House District 8 in Christian & Trigg counties
- House District 54 in Boyle & Casey counties
- House District 62 in Fayette, Owen & Scott counties
- House District 98 in Boyd & Greenup counties