Congratulations to the Republican winners in the 2019 General Election!
The C-J reports that our new Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, won against Greg Stumbo by 220,928 votes, and Michael Adams won by 64,512 votes over Heather French Henry for Secretary of State.
Auditor Mike Harmon won by 204,766 over Sheri Donahue (D) and by 158,217 against both Donahue and the Libertarian candidate Kyle Hugenberg. Allison Ball, Treasurer, won by 300,707 over Michael Bowman, and Ryan Quarrels won by 231,515 over his opponents, Robert Conway (D) and Josh Gilpin (L).
Perhaps it is the huge difference between the Governor’s and other races that seems suspect. How is it possible that Ball would win by nearly 301K votes, relative to Bevin losing by about 23K in votes cast for both Beshear and Hicks? The final tally for governor was: 709,577 for Beshear, 704,388 for Bevin, and 28,425 for Hicks (see previous article).
Is it characteristic of Republicans to split their vote and desert the Party candidate for chief state officer knowing the immense differences between the Republican and Democrat platforms? Not really. Did teachers make the difference?
Kentucky only employs 42,024 public school teachers, and certainly not all are liberal in their politics. In regard to the pension issue, many realize they make far more money in both salary and retirement funding than their friends who work in the private sector.
Private sector employees in all industries reported an average salary of $44,600 per year. During the same period, government workers reported an average annual salary of $51,840 — $7,240 per year more than private-sector employees. (Dec 31, 2018, CareerTrend)
According to the C-J final count, 1,442,390 Kentuckians voted for Governor, but 14,352 fewer voted for SOS, 17,454 fewer voted for AG, and 31,657 fewer voted for Commissioner of Agriculture and even fewer voted in the Auditor and Treasurer races.
Why do people go to the polls to vote only for a governor? It does not add up.