Election Day was very good for Republicans both here in Logan County and across the country as Jason Petrie overthrew incumbent Martha Jane King and Donald Trump proved all the political pundits wrong and was elected President of the United States.
Petrie won big over King in not only Todd and Warren counties, but also in Logan. Petrie collected 6,750 votes in Logan County to King’s 4,144. Petrie received 10,938 votes (65 percent) from all precincts in District 16, which includes all of Logan and Todd and a small portion of Warren County. King got only 5,788.
The victory by Petrie helped Kentucky Republicans to take control of the State House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. Before Tuesday night, Kentucky was the only state in the south with one law-making chamber held by the Democratic party.
In the main national election, Trump won 71 percent of the votes in Logan County with 7,778. Hillary Clinton got 25 percent with 2,755.
Republican Senator Rand Paul easily won reelection, holding off Lexington mayor Jim Gray by garnering 57 percent of the statewide vote. Paul did even better than his statewide numbers in Logan County, where he got 70 percent of the total votes.
In the race for the U.S. District 1 Representative, which included Logan County; Republican James Comer, the former state Agriculture Commissioner, easily defeated Sam Gaskins with 73 percent of the votes – nearly the exact percentage her received locally in Logan County.
All six sitting members of the Russellville city council were reelected. Jimmy Davenport and Sandra Kinser received the most votes, followed by Larry Wilcutt, Pat Bell, Darlene Gooch and Jack Whipple.
Mike Hughes won reelection as Auburn mayor, easily beating Maxie Rittenberry with 71 percent of the votes.
The new Adairville city council will be Becky Tinch, Danny Finch, Tabitha Stephens, Bill Steen, Amy Trimble Williams and Derrick Scott. As usual, the top votegetters in that race were Tinch and Finch, who have both served the city for many years.
In the lone contested Logan County school board race, Teresa Hendrix defeated long serving board member Ralph Cropper. Hendrix got 963 votes to Cropper’s 597.
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