Republicans claimed a rural Kentucky House seat long held by Democratic stalwart Rocky Adkins as the political parties split a pair of special legislative elections on Tuesday.
In a suburban northern Kentucky district, the Democratic candidate emerged victorious to retain the House seat for Democrats.
The two special elections filled vacancies created when Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear hired two veteran lawmakers to join his administration.
The split decision in the special elections gave Republicans a net gain of one seat in the House, adding to their overwhelming majority.
In the 99th District in northeastern Kentucky, Republican Richard White defeated Democrat William Redwine. The district includes Elliott, Lewis and Rowan counties. The victory solidified the GOP’s strength in rural Kentucky.
Adkins gave up the seat he held for decades to become Beshear’s senior adviser.
In the 67th District in northern Kentucky, Democrat Rachel Roberts defeated Republican Mary Jo Wedding. The district includes part of Campbell County.
The seat had been held by veteran Democratic Rep. Dennis Keene.
— The Associated Press