Kentucky’s primary runoff election could be abolished under a bill passed by the state Senateon March 12, 2007.
The 31 to 4 vote puts the Senate at odds with the House on an issue with high political stakes in this year's crowded race for governor. Some say repealing the runoff would save up to $8 million for taxpayers.
The measure now returns to the House, which will decide whether to accept the Senate's revamped version. The House passed its version 90 to 7. That version sought to preserve the runoff and appease county officials by having the state pick up the entire cost of the election.
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