The Cadiz Record
During Tuesday’s election, winners from Trigg County mirrored the overall winners in state elections throughout the Commonwealth. As of the press time of The Cadiz Record, 113 of 120 counties had reported results to the Secretary of State’s office.
Kentuckians will see a new governor with the defeat of Ernie Fletcher and his lieutenant governor, Robbie Rudolph by Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Daniel Mongiardo. Trigg County saw the Beshear/Mongiardo ticket victorious with 2,000 votes to 1,718 for the Fletcher/Rudolph ticket.
Statewide, as of press time, Beshear commanded 58.8 percent of the vote. At 8 p.m., Governor Fletcher conceded victory to Beshear.
While on the campaign trail, Beshear touted health care for families. During a stop in Cadiz last week, he said, “There are 81,000 kids in this state with no health care. When Dan Mongiardo and I are elected, we will ensure that all 81,000 of them get the health care that they need to become productive citizens of this state.”
Beshear also promised that senior citizens in Kentucky would no longer have to make the decision of purchasing food or prescription medications.
Touting himself as a citizen of Western Kentucky, Beshear vowed to ensure this region gets its “fair share” from Frankfort in issues of tourism, infrastructure, and advocacy of the lakes.
In other races, incumbent Republican Secretary of State C.M. “Trey” Greyson defeated S. Bruce Hendrickson in Trigg County by a total of 1,794 votes to 1,788. Across the state, Greyson led with 56.7 percent of the vote.
Without an incumbent, Democrat Jack Conway won both in Trigg County and apparently around the state against Republican Stan Lee. Locally, Conway garnered 2,011 votes to Lee’s 1,540. Statewide, Conway earned 60.8 percent of votes.
Incumbent State Auditor and Democrat Crit Luallen defeated Republican Linda Greenwell in Trigg County by 1,992 votes to 1,438. In Kentucky, Luallen captured 59.6 percent of the votes.
Democratic Treasurer candidate L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach followed the pattern of the evening by defeating Melinda L. Wheeler by 2,059 votes to 1,500 in the county, and with 57.9 percent of votes in the state.
Republican commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer defeated Democratic Challenger David Lynn Williams in the county with 2,107 votes to 1,480. A former U.K. basketball player, Farmer commanded the widest margin of victory with 63.9 percent of the votes for that race.