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County’s voting results will be released June 30

This man and woman had no problem voting in person Tuesday at Letcher County Central High School, which was the polling place for all county voters who didn’t cast a ballot in advance. (Photo by Sam Adams)

This man and woman had no problem voting in person Tuesday at Letcher County Central High School, which was the polling place for all county voters who didn’t cast a ballot in advance. (Photo by Sam Adams)

Letcher County election totals won’t be known until June 30 because of mail-in voting, but machine totals at the one polling place open on Tuesday, as expected, showed more Republicans than Democrats chose to cast their ballot in person.

Results posted on the door of the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium at closing time showed 356 people cast a ballot in the Republican Presidential Primary compared to 248 voting in the Democratic Presidential Primary.

The winners yesterday could be the losers by June 30, when the totals of early voting and absentee ballots will be announced. The State Board of Elections is encouraging county clerks not to release partial returns until then, since absentee voters could still mail ballots in through Election Day. Vote counting of the absentee ballots will not begin until after June 27.

On the Republican ticket in Letcher County, Donald J. Trump received 348 votes for nomination for reelection as president. On the Democratic ballot, Joe Biden received 74 votes, second to “uncommitted” delegates who can vote however they please at the convention. Eighty-three people cast uncommitted votes. Of the 10 other candidates still on the ballot, Bernie Sanders received 34 votes and Michael Bloomberg received 11. Others were: Amy Klobuchar, 10; Tulsi Gabbard, 9; Elizabeth Warren, 7; John Delaney, 6; Andrew Yang, 4, Tom Steyer, 3; and Michael Bennet, 3. Deval Patrick received no votes here yesterday.

Interest in the Democratic U.S. Senate race that has spiked in the past month led to a higher vote total in that race than in the presidential contest. A total of 252 Democrats cast ballots in the Senate race on Tuesday.

Amy McGrath, long considered the favorite in the Democratic contest, fell far short of State Representative Charles Booker, who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Whitesburg two weeks ago.

Booker received 124 votes on Tuesday to McGrath’s 84. The remaining eight candidates received a combined total of 44 votes, with none reaching double digits.

The winner of that race will face incumbent Mitch McConnell in November. In yesterday’s totals, McConnell received 304 votes. Seven Republican challengers combined received 45.

As usual, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers soundly defeated his primary opponent with 327 votes to Gerardo Serano’s 24.

Locally, Supreme Court Justice Sam Wright received 287 votes, finishing first among three candidates. Chris Harris received 68 votes in that race, and Robert Conley received 43.

In the Republican State Senate race, Johnnie L. Turner won 242 votes to opponent Matthew Wynn’s 86. This race could see considerable confusion in the fall. The winner will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Johnny Ray Turner in November.

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