Frankfort, Ky. – State Democrats picked up three of the four House seats available during Tuesday’s special elections.
The results enabled Democrats to increase their House majority by one seat. There was a possibility state Republicans could have taken control of the House majority for the first time since 1920. The current total is 53 seats for Democrats and 47 for Republicans.
For the Democrats: in the 8th District, Jeffery Taylor beat Walker Hood Thomas; in the 62 District, Chuck Tackett beat Phillip Pratt; in the 98th District, Lew Nicholls beat Tony D. Quillen.
Republican Daniel B. Elliott beat Democrat Bill Noelker in the 54th District.
The special elections were needed after two representatives won statewide elections and Governor Matt Bevin appointed two others to representatives to state posts.
For an analysis of the political implications the results of the special elections have on the battle for the state budget and the chamber’s relationship with Gov. Bevin, please see the Herald Leader’s coverage.