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Three GOP Incumbents Lose in Kentucky Primary

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Kentucky primary

The voter turnout for the primary in Kentucky was low. No Democrat filed to run in the district of far Western Kentucky.

Richard Heath

In the state House, Kim Holloway triumphed over House Agriculture Committee Chair Richard Heath, R-Mayfield.

Criticized campaign

Holloway’s campaign criticized state legislators for not pursuing the impeachment of Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I am ready for this challenge and am so thankful to have been given this opportunity,” Holloway said in a statement. “I owe my most sincere gratitude to my fellow Kentuckians for trusting me to be an advocate for our district.” She also advocates for school choice and safeguarding personal freedoms.

Family values

Jefferson said, “Central Kentucky has spoken loud and clear that our family values matter.”

Aaron Reed

Aaron Reed seemed to have a slight advantage over Ed Gallrein by 118 votes, securing 39% compared to Gallrein’s 38%. Southworth trailed behind in third place with 22% of the votes.

Secured victor

In the Lexington region, Thomas Jefferson secured victory over state Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Nicholasville. Jefferson campaigned against permitting children to undergo gender-affirming procedures.


Timoney was among the few Republican legislators who did not support Senate Bill 150 in 2023, which aimed to enact a ban on such procedures and shield teachers from accusations of misgendering students.

Radical left

Jefferson added, “I was elected to push back against the radical left agenda of attacking the rights of parents and targeting children with explicit content.”

Faced a loss

Over in the Senate, state Sen. Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg faced a loss in a three-way primary in her district.


In a video addressed to his supporters, Reed said, “It’s been a long run. It’s been a marathon.” Reed is a businessman who previously served as a Navy SEAL.

Kentucky state Senate

Reed also said, “And now that we have made a decision on the nominee for the Kentucky state Senate, it’s time that we bring our party together, and we mend any fractures we have. And bring it in for the big win in November.”

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