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Things To Know About Today's Kentucky Primary Election

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Kentucky voters head to the polls today to determine major party candidates for statewide offices, including governor.

Well, some voters will head to the polls. Voter turnout is projected to be at about 10 percent.

For those who plan to venture out and cast a ballot, here's what you need to know.

When and where can I vote?

Polls open at 6 a.m. local time and close at 6 p.m. You can find your polling place here, and also double-check your registration status.

Who am I voting for?

That depends on how you're registered—Kentucky voters can only cast primary ballots for their own registered party.

For Republicans, the ballot includes:

Governor (lieutenant governor in parentheses)

  • Matt Bevin (Jenean Hampton)
  • James Comer (Chris McDaniel)
  • Hal Heiner (K.C. Crosbie)
  • Will T. Scott (Rodney Coffey)

Attorney General

  • Michael T. Hogan
  • Whitney H. Westerfield


  • Jon Larson
  • Allison Ball
  • Kenneth Churchill Imes

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Richard Heath
  • Ryan F. Quarles

For Democrats:


  • Jack Conway (Sannie Overly)
  • Geoffrey M. Young (Johnathan Masters)

Secretary of State

  • Alison Lundergan Grimes
  • Charles Lovett


  • Daniel B. Grossberg
  • Richard Henderson
  • Rick Nelson
  • Neville Blakemore
  • Jim Glenn

When will I know who won?

Polls close in Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Eastern, and many of these races will likely be called by the Associated Press and others pretty early. But some may take a while to decide, especially the Republican gubernatorial primary. Recent polls show a three-way tie between Bevin, Comer and Heiner, so a call may not be made until late.

The state elections board will post results as they come in on Tuesday evening. You can follow along here.

Where can I find out more about the candidates?

You could start with our election coverage, which can be foundhere.

The Courier-Journal has a guide on where gubernatorial candidates stand on several issues. That's here. And KET recently hosted a debate with the Republican candidates for governor. You can watch that below:

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.