Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for president, declaring victory early Wednesday morning. Trump won Kentucky by a wide margin, with the AP calling the race for him at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, just after the polls closed in the western part of the state.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul won his race for re-election to the U.S. Senate over Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, which the AP called shortly after the race was called for Trump. With almost all of the precincts reporting, Paul leads Gray 57-43 percent.
Congressman John Yarmuth also was re-elected for his sixth term in the House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district, defeating GOP challenger Harold Bratcher 64-36 percent.
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the Republican Party has won a majority of seats in the state House, as they knocked off a number of Democratic incumbents in rural parts of the state. The biggest of those Democrats defeated is House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who conceded to Republican opponent Larry Brown.
House Democrats lost the 53-47 majority they had heading into the night, as the GOP walked away with a supermajority.
The partisan balance of Louisville Metro Council will remain unchanged, as incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Cindi Fowler defeated Shane Ranschaert in the District 14 race with 52 percent of the vote, winning by 546 votes. In the race to replace departing Republican Councilman Kelly Downard, Republican Scott Reed defeated Democrat Gill Holland 52-48 percent, with a margin just under 700 votes.
The Jefferson County Board of Education will now have a new chairman, as challenger Chris Kolb knocked off David Jones Jr. in the District 2 race, winning with 44 percent of the vote to Jones’ 39 percent.
Incumbent Chris Brady defended his District 7 seat on the school board in a race that saw an enormous amount of political spending, winning 43 percent of the vote, well ahead of the second place Fritz Hollenbach, who won 31 percent of the vote.
In the open District 4 seat on the school board, 25-year-old Ben Gies defeated Keisha Allen 55-45 percent.