GRAYSON It was a good night for GOP candidates in Carter County, unless their name was Matt Bevin.

The Republicans handily beat the Democrats in all other statewide races, but in the race for the governor’s mansion, Andy Beshear beat out Matt Bevin with 50.4% of the vote (3,732 votes total) to Bevin’s 46.5% (3,442). Libertarian candidate John Hicks took 227 votes for 3.07% of the total.

In the Secretary of State race, Michael Adams edged Heather French Henry 3,932 votes (53.6%) to 3,408 votes (46.4%).

Glancing down the ballot, the GOP leads grew larger. In the Attorney General race, Daniel Cameron received 4,063 votes to Greg Stumbo's 3,298. For Auditor, Mike Harmon took 57% of the total vote, gathering 4,109 votes to Democrat Sheri Donahue’s 2,865 and Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg’s 234. In the state treasurer race, Allison Ball took 4,334 votes (59.8%) of the total ballots cast compared to Michael Bowman’s 2,915 (40.2%).

For Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles took 56.9% of the total vote, at 4,116, to Democrat Robert Conway’s 2,887 and Libertarian Josh Gilpin’s 230.

Turnout across the county was fairly low, with only 38% of registered voters showing up to the polls or casting absentee ballots, according to County Clerk Mike Johnston’s office, for a countywide turnout of 7,578 voters. Some of those voters didn’t even bother to cast a vote for governor, with 97.66% of voters in this election, or 7,401 individuals, casting a vote for what was arguably the most high-profile race on the ballot this year.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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