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The annual Montgomery County High School Prom was held Saturday evening at the Clay Community Center. The event was followed by an After Prom party that included games, prizes, food, etc. Pictured above are Hayley Dotson and Nick Adams. The couple arrived to the prom in a horse drawn carriage. Photo by Mike Hanson
Comer to seek recanvass
By Jamie Vinson
Advocate managing
A recanvass is expected in the Republican race for Kentucky governor.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin topped James R. Comer in Tuesday’s primary by just 83 votes. The total vote count statewide was 70,479 to Comer’s 70,396.

Comer, current state ag commissioner, told media outlets he would ask for a recanvass. Comer has until May 26 to request a recanvass. It would be conducted May 28.

The sometimes contentious battle between candidates in this race was expected to come down to the wire.

Candidates Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott garnered 27.05 and 7.17 percent of the vote, respectively.

In Montgomery County, Comer came out on top, with 242 votes, compared to Bevin’s 320. Heiner received 137 votes locally, and Scott 89.

On the Democratic side, Jack Conway defeated Geoffrey M. “Geoff” Young by more than 102,000 votes. Conway, attorney general for the state, will face the Republican winner in November. Locally, Conway, earned 1,029 votes, while Young received 349.

Alison Lundergan Grimes took the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State, topping Charles Lovett by more than 83,000 votes. Grimes, who lost in last fall’s U.S. Senate race to Mitch McConnell, currently holds the position. She will face Republican Stephen L. Knipper in the fall.

In Montgomery County, Grimes captured 993 votes to Lovett’s 401.
For attorney general, Whitney H. Westerfield came out on top on the Republican side with 53.38 percent of the statewide vote. Michael T. Hogan garnered 46.62 percent. Westerfield is state Senate Judiciary Chairman and a Hopkinsville lawyer. Nov. 3, he will face Democratic candidate Andrew Beshear. Beshear is a lawyer in Louisville and the son of Gov. Steve Beshear.

In Montgomery County, Westerfield’s vote count was 347 over Hogan’s 258.

On the Republican side for state treasurer, Allison Ball won the nomination with 46.88 percent of the vote, over Kenneth Churchill Imes (22.21 percent) and Jon Larson (30.91 percent). Locally, Larson earned more votes with 276. Ball received 261 votes and Imes 76.

Montgomery native and former state Rep. Richard Henderson fell short in his bid for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer. Rick Nelson will face Ball in the general election, receiving 27.17 percent of the statewide vote.

Henderson received 20.14 percent. Other candidates were Neville Blakemore (22.44 percent), Jim Glenn (19.06 percent) and Daniel B. Grossberg (11.19 percent).

Henderson easily carried the vote in Montgomery County, at 758. Glenn received 134 votes, Grossberg 68, Nelson 150 and Blakemore 287.
For comissioner of agriculture, Ryan Quarles defeated challenger Richard Heath by just 1,427 votes for the Republican nomination. Both are state representatives. In Montgomery County, the tally was 332 votes for Heath and 296 for Quarles.

Quarles will take on Democratic candidate Jean-Marie Lawson Spann in November.

For a look at precinct results, see page A? Statewide voter turnout was about 12.6 percent, Grimes told media outlets.

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