Massie Takes Ky. 4th GOP Nod; Turnout Low

Posted On May 23, 2012
Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie

(Boone County, Ky.) – A Tea Party-backed candidate will advance to the November election in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.


Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie held off six other challengers to win Tuesday’s Republican primary. Massey got about 45 percent of the vote as State Rep. Alecia Webb Edington (29 percent) and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore (15 percent followed).


Even in Moore’s home Boone County, Massie took the county 45 percent to Moore’s 29 percent.


In addition to support from U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Massie received $500,000 in campaign support from a Libertarian “Super PAC” to get the win.


Massie will face Grant County Democrat Bill Adkins in a November battle to replace outgoing Congressman Geoff Davis (R-Hebron). Adkins had defeated Greg Frank in the Democrat primary 69 to 31 percent.


In a race for Kentucky’s 66th House District, incumbent State Rep. Addia Wuchner won the Republican primary. The Burlington lawmaker beat out former Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig by 11 percent.


Turnout in Kentucky’s primary election was a little better than many officials expected, but still low. Statewide turnout was 13.8 percent.


In Boone County, 14.3 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.