Secretary of State
State Board of Elections Certifies Primary Election Vote Totals and Issues Certificates of Nomination

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 08, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, announced that today the State Board of Elections certified vote totals from the May 19 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the Primary. Detailed results from the election are available at

Nearly 400,000 Kentuckians, approximately 12.6 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the Primary. The results were extremely close in the Republican Primary for Governor/Lieutenant Governor, with nominees Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton receiving only 83 more votes than James Comer/Chris McDaniel. A statewide recanvass did not change the results in that race, or in the Republican Primary for Commissioner of Agriculture.

“This election was truly historical,” said Grimes. “I’m grateful to all of the elected officials and thousands of citizens who worked hard to ensure that candidates and voters alike could be confident in the fairness and results of the Primary. I look forward to continuing to work together to prepare for the General Election on November 3rd.”

Party nominees for statewide constitutional offices that will appear on the November 3 General Election ballot are:


Republican Nominee

Democrat Nominee

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton

Jack Conway/Sannie Overly

Secretary of State

Stephen L. Knipper

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Attorney General

Whitney H. Westerfield

Andy Beshear

Auditor of Public Accounts

Mike Harmon

Adam H. Edelen

State Treasurer

Allison Ball

Rick Nelson

Commissioner of Agriculture

Ryan Quarles

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann

Independent, political organization and political group candidates were required to file a statement of candidacy with the Secretary of State’s office no later than April 1 and must file their petitions no later than August 11 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

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