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Democrats Maintain Control of Kentucky House

Kentucky LRC

Update 3:05 a.m.

Democrats wound up keeping 54 of the 100 seats in the Kentucky House, the same number they had going into the election.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Democrats "are very lucky and blessed" to keep control of the House. Stumbo said he'll ask the Democratic majority to re-elect him speaker, the House's top leadership position.

House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover said he too will run again for his leadership position.

Three incumbents, two Democrats and one Republican, lost to challengers Tuesday. The Democrats included Jimmie Lee of Elizabethtown who had been in the House since 1993. He lost to Republican newcomer Jim DuPlussis of Elizabethtown.

Posted 10:30 p.m.

Kentucky Democrats will retain control of the state's House of Representatives.

Election results were still pouring in late Tuesday, but unofficial results show that the House would not flip parties.

State Republicans had sought to end nearly a century of Democratic control in the House and complete a takeover of the General Assembly.

Democratic House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook believes U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes helped bring Democrats to the polls.

"She's stayed strong at the top of the ticket and there's no question that's helped our candidates down the ticket for her to be at the top of the ticket," Adkins said. "And Mitch McConnell's had to concentrate his effort on Alison Grimes instead of concentrating his efforts on us so with her at the top of the ticket its been a big plus for us."

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