2015 elections

Kentucky Retirement Systems (kyret.ky.gov)

Incoming state Auditor Mike Harmon is calling for the resignation of the executive director of the state’s most under-performing pension system.

The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees recently extended the contract of Executive Director Bill Thielen and gave him a 25 percent raise.

Rand Paul / paul.senate.gov

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator believes this week’s election results signal a sea change in the Commonwealth’s political history.

Rob Canning, WKMS

A candidate who barely made it out of the primary ended up leading Kentucky Republicans to one of their most successful election days in recent history.

Matt Bevin will be just the second Republican governor of Kentucky since 1971, a distinction he earned Tuesday with 53 percent of the vote — 9 percentage points better than Democrat Jack Conway. Independent Drew Curtis had less than 4 percent of the vote.

Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will be the next governor of Kentucky, just the third Republican to hold the office in 65 years. Bevin defeated Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway despite poll results showing Conway with a five point lead a week before the election.

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In an unexpected election night victory, Kentucky Representative Mike Harmon has been elected State Auditor. Harmon, a Republican, defeated Democrat Adam Edelen, who would have assumed a second term had he won Tuesday night.

J. Tyler Franklin/Louisville Public Media

Democrat Andy Beshear has narrowly defeated Republican state Senator Whitney Westerfield to become the state’s next Attorney General. Beshear is the son of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and is just one of two Democrats to win elections Tuesday night. 

Muhlenberg County Utility Tax Struck Down

Nov 3, 2015
Muhlenberg County Schools

Muhlenberg County voters have struck down a three percent county wide utility tax aimed at generating revenue for area schools. Eighty eight percent of 7161 votes were against the measure.

2015 Kentucky Election Results (Statewide/Local)

Nov 3, 2015

Updated: 9:15 p.m.  

With 100% of counties reporting in Kentucky, here are the final unofficial numbers from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Final voter turnout: 30.68%

Governor/Lieutenant Governor 

  • Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton (REP) - 511,771 - 52.52%
  • Jack Conway/Sannie Overly (DEM) - 426,944 - 43.82%
  • Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis (IND) - 35,629 - 3.66% 


A large majority of Kentuckians want state leaders to make the reduction of health care costs a top priority, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll released this week.

Strengthening the financial security of state employee and teacher pensions is a priority of both candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next state auditor.