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Beshear loses here, but wins state

Unofficial election returns showed Rocky Adkins winning Letcher County but losing to Andy Beshear statewide in the Democratic Primary for Governor. Adam Edelen was a distant third with 77 percent of the statewide vote counted.

Gov. Matt Bevin took a shellacking here, but was comfortably ahead of challenger Robert Goforth statewide in the Republican primary. Bevin has been pilloried by educators and state employees for his attempts to rollback pension benefits and cut school funding.

Letcher County Central High School band director Jason Griffith, a candidate for secretary of state, nearly doubled the vote of Heather French Henry here in Letcher County, but was losing to Henry by 59 percent statewide.

Only 3,004 voters turned out to cast their ballots in Letcher County. While that is only 18 percent of registered voters, officials had expected a turnout of just 12 percent.

Figures from the Letcher County Clerk, still unofficial at presstime were as follows:

Republicans:

GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR

Matthew G. Bevin and Ralph A. Alvarado — 373

Robert Goforth and Michael T. Hogan — 564

Ike Lawrence and James Anthony Rose — 36

William E. Woods and Justin B. Miller — 60

SECRETARY OF STATE

Michael G. Adams — 473

Andrew English — 158

Stephen L. Knipper — 145

Carl Nett — 133

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Daniel Cameron — 519

Wil Schroder — 388

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Bill Polyniak — 274

Ryan F. Quarles — 614

Democrats:

GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR

Rocky Adkins and Stephanie Horne — 1,123

Andy Beshear and Jacqueline Coleman — 459

Adam H. Edelen and Gill Holland — 358

Geoffery M. “Geoff ” Young and Joshua N. “Josh” French — 39

SECRETARY OF STATE

Jason S. Belcher — 296

Jason Griffith — 956

Heather French Henry — 564

Geoff Sebesta — 38

AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

Kelsey Hayes Coots — 719

Drew Curtis — 0

Sheri Donahue — 383

Chris Tobe — 239

STATE TREASURER

Michael Bowman — 1,201

Josh Mers — 375

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Robert Haley Conway — 1,208

Joe Trigg — 429

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