Kentuckians vote to expand Republican majority in General Assembly
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Election results are still coming in, but it appears Kentucky voters have decided to expand the Republican majority in the legislature.
Votes are still being counted and some races are still too close to call, but the Kentucky House may have picked up a few more Republican seats.
“It appears we will have 80 members when we come in January,” said House Speaker David Osborne.
Incumbent Republicans did not lose their House seats in Tuesday’s elections but some Democrats did. One of the key races was in eastern Kentucky between House Minority Whip Angie Hatton and Jacob Justice. Justice, the Republican, won. Hatton was a member of the House Democratic leadership team.
“We saw the result of some of the most drastic gerrymandering that we have seen,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I hope we can move beyond that. That is regardless of who is in power.”
Kentucky voters also voted no to a constitutional amendment that would have given the legislative branch more direct control over abortion rules and another that would allow the legislature to call themselves into session.
“Our current constitution has been in place for 130 years. It divides up power between the executive and legislative branch. What the people said was ‘we are not going to move around power. There are not going to be any power grabs,’” said Gov. Beshear.
“I don’t think anyone is shocked by it,” Speaker Osbourn said. “As I said all along, constitutional one would have taken a Herculean effort to pass. There was no one lining up to spend money for it.”
It also appears that the makeup of the Kentucky Senate is going to say pretty much the same. However, they will be some new faces in the chamber next year, both Republican and Democrat.
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