Skip to comments.Republican Suzanne Miles wins House seat from Democrats in another 7th District squeaker
Posted on 12/10/2013 9:25:53 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
Republican Suzanne Miles appears to have won the 7th [Kentucky] state House District by 112 votes a landslide compared to the five-vote victory last year by the man Miles will replace, former Rep. John Arnold.
Miles, according to unofficial results, received 3,548 votes compared to 3,436 for Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield on Tuesday. Miles got a huge boost in her home county of Daviess, where she and her family, including her father Billy Joe Miles, are well known. She defeated Humphrey 2,564 to 976 in Daviess County.
Here are the unofficial splits: .. Miles( R) .. Humphrey (D) Daviess .. 2,564 .. 976 Henderson 304 377 Union . 680 ..2,083
A district representative in Owensboro for Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, Miles will replace Arnold, the Sturgis Democrat who resigned in September amid allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers. Arnold won his re-election race in 2012 by just five votes over Republican Tim Kline buoyed by strong turnout in Union County.
But since then the district has been redrawn and more precincts were added in Daviess County where Miles ran up the score.
Miles win would move Republicans one seat closer to taking over the House with 54 Democrats compared to 46 Republicans the largest number the GOP has had since 1921. House Republicans erupted on Twitter with congratulatory tweets as the final precinct numbers were tallied.
Congratulations to the newest member of the Kentucky House and the Republican caucus, Suzanne Miles! 46. Modern day record. #flipthehouse, House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover tweeted out at 8:45 p.m. EST.
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Woo hoo!! Let’s clean house at ALL levels, shall we?
So when do the Democrats steal this one? I give them until Friday before it’s stolen.
Why would the district have been redrawn since last year? Didn't KY redraw its districts BEFORE the 2012 elections?
Oh, happy day! I’ll be over the moon when Bevin takes it from McConnell.
They’ll find a box of uncounted ballots somewhere.... As usual.
Then the Republican will concede.... As usual.
Oh, they’ll do a recount. And then another. And yet another. Lather, rinse, repeat. All until the demscum wins. Then it will be “settled law” or “the will of the people” or some other blather...
Johnson was the Republican candidate. This is an urban liberal district. Curiously, Thomas ran and lost last year in an adjacent Republican suburban Lexington House district.
Good news. Provided there is no recount magic. It’s time, Kentucky.
Union County, run by the mining union?
I think that Union County was named at around the tome of the Civil War (that was Union Country in that sense); and I think the big swing between Union and Daviess in this race was due to the candidates’ respective home counties.
Is Miles a devotee of KY’s McC ?
Some changes were made in KY legislative lines in 2013. A state senator in Campbellsville was moved out of Taylor County, and a McC favorite moved in.
“I think that Union County was named at around the tome of the Civil War “
Yeah I think all counties so named were named for the Union between the states, I didn’t mean to imply I may have thought the county was named after a labor union. ;D
“I think the big swing between Union and Daviess in this race was due to the candidates respective home counties.”
I eventually figured that was the case as the countries don’t sound very dissimilar to each other. Union county actually appears to be the more Republican of the 2. It gave Romney 66%, Daviess only 59.6%.
What a disgusting discrepancy with how the local rat did in the county. I think that Union County was named at around the tome of the Civil War
Oh, you should look that up - calling what the House Democrats did gerrymandering would be an understatement. It was unbelievable. After that monstrosity was passed, the Republicans who controlled the Senate followed suit and drew equally outrageous Senate districts: “You do that to us, we can do that to you” - the Senate GOP even drew districts to completely different parts of the state to in effect throw incumbents out office without a district. The House Republicans (and some of the Senate Democrats joined) filed suit in court to have the districts thrown out - the trial judge declared them illegal, and the Kentucky Supreme Court agreed on appeal they were illegal and ordered the elections in 2012 to be held using the old lines (since overturning the new law of districts reinstated the old lines). This forced the Democrats to draw up much fairer lines this last time around (especially given there was a Federal lawsuit filed over still having the old lines in place post census and the Federal judge was threatening to draw them up himself).
Yes, the old Democrat guard is still strong - but this result shows it may be starting to crumble. I honestly was surprised by the result.