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Moffett wins Owen but Williams gets nomination

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Turnout light for Tuesday's primary

By John Whitlock

Voting in Tuesday's primary election in Owen County was light with only a 14.3 percent turnout.
In the Republican primary for governor, Owen County bucked the statewide trend and selected the Tea Party supported candidate Phil Moffett over heavily-favored Kentucky Senate President David Williams.
Despite the loss in Owen County, the Williams/Richie Farmer ticket went on to beat Moffett and his running mate Mike Harmon by 10 percentage points statewide.
The Owen County race breaks down to 130 votes for Moffett; 109 for Williams; and 32 for Barbara Hosclaw.
In the race for the Republican nomination for secretary of state, Owen County voters went along with the majority of Kentucky voters and selected Bill Johnson as the candidate over Hilda Legg but by a much-larger margin.
Owen County Republican voters selected Johnson 63.5 percent over Legg's 34 percent.
In the Democratic contest for secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes won Owen County 51 percent to Elaine N. Walker's 49 percent.
Grimes carried the state with 55 percent of the vote and will face off against Johnson in the November general election.
In the primary for the Democratic nomination for commissioner of agriculture, Owen County followed statewide treads with 63 percent supporting James R. Comer and 37 percent backing Rob Rothenburger.
Statewide, Comer received 67 percent of the vote and Comer got 33 percent.
Republican voters in Owen County gave the victory to John T. Kemper III over Addia Kathryn Wuchner in the race for auditor. Kemper also won the statewide primary for the nomination.
Todd Hollenbach easily secured the Democratic nomination for state treasure in Owen County with 72 percent over challenger Steve Hamrick.
The results nearly mirrored the statewide vote with Hollenbach receiving 71 percent of the vote overall.
In the Democratic primary for commissioner of agriculture, B.D. Wilson emerged from a field of five candidates to win in Owen County with 34 percent of the vote.
Wilson failed to garner the same support statewide and came in third with 19 percent of the vote.
Statewide, Bob Farmer brought home 30 percent of the vote and John Faris Lackey received 21 percent. Stewart Gritton came in fourth with 17 percent and David Williams came in fifth with 13 percent.
In Owen County, 1,087 votes were cast for 14.3 percent of eligible voters turning out.
Despite the low number, Owen beat the state average.
In Kentucky, only 10.3 percent of eligible voters turned out to the polls for the primary.