PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Several results from Tuesday’s election came as a shock to the voters in Pike County.
As a primarily democratic county it was almost historical for a republic Presidental candidate to walk away with more than 80 percent of the votes.
President-elect Donald J. Trump shut down Hillary Rodham Clinton by 15,463 votes. Trump received 19,740 to Clinton’s 4,277 in just Pike County.
Clinton’s pre-campaign statement that she would put coal mines and coal miners out of business didn’t sit well with a prodominatly coal mining county.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s 35 year reign as Representative came to an end, Stumbo, a democrat was defeated by Prestonsburg attorney Larry Brown by a vote of 1,031 to 560 in the 95th district.
92nd district representative Democrat John Short also lost his bid for re-election, Short had served as representative since 2011, he will be replaced by retired Kentucky State Police Major John Blanton, who received 2,509 to Short’s 1,671.
State Representative Chris Harris was elected for his second term with a win over Norma Kirk McCormick, a republican candidate from Martin County, Ky. with a vote of 6,419 to McCormick’s 4,086.
United State Senator incumbent Rand Paul kept his seat for another term winning easily over Jim Gray 14,421 to 9,294 votes.
A question on the ballot of whether to keep Pike County as a magistrate ran government or change to a commissioner ran government passed by 2,979 votes.
With 11,566 residents voting for the change and 8,587 voting against the change, which means the six magistrates that currently serve on the fiscal court will be replaced by three commissions in the 2018 election.
Calls made to several Pike County magistrates offices asking for comments about their views on the new form of government were not returned.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext . 2278.