Gov. Matt Bevin wins Republican nomination for Governor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Latest on voting in Kentucky's primary election Tuesday (all times local)

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Trump ally, defeats 3 challengers to win Republican nomination in bid for second term.

7:15 p.m.

Heather French Henry, a former Kentucky veterans affairs commissioner and Miss America, has won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky Secretary of State.

Henry defeated three other Democrats in early vote totals.

Henry won Miss America in 2000 and has been a longtime advocate for veterans. She defeated three other Democrats for the nomination, teacher and business owner Jason Griffith; former Air Force Capt. Jason Belcher; and comic book artist Geoff Sebesta.

Henry was veterans affairs commissioner under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and served as deputy commissioner under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin until she resigned to run for office.

Four Democrats and four Republicans were seeking to succeed Alison Lundergan Grimes, who can't run again due to term limits.

7:10 p.m.

Incumbent Ryan Quarles has easily won the Republican nomination for Kentucky agriculture commissioner.

During the campaign, Quarles touted his successes in the office over the past four years including the expansion of industrial hemp production as well as success in connecting famers to new markets and an initiative to feed the hungry.

He beat challenger Bill Polyniak in early totals Tuesday night.

Quarles will run against the Democratic nominee in the November general election. That race had not yet been decided.

7 p.m.

Polls in Kentucky are closed for the primary election.

Polls close at 6 p.m. local time. The western half of the state is in the central time zone. Voters in line at 6 p.m. are allowed to cast ballots.

Light turnout was projected for the election Tuesday.

Two polling places in Jefferson County were allowed to stay open until 6:30 p.m. after police put them on a brief lockdown while they investigated a crime in the area.


6:30 p.m.

Election officials in Louisville have kept two polling locations at schools open longer after a crime in the area closed the schools for about 30 minutes.

Jefferson County Election Center spokesman Nore Ghibaudy (NOR'-ee ghi-BAW'-dee) says police placed Pleasure Ridge Park High School and nearby Greenwood Elementary on a brief lockdown Tuesday afternoon while they investigated a crime in the area.

Ghibaudy says a circuit court judge ruled that the two polling locations could remain open until 6:30 p.m. to accommodate voters who were turned away during the lockdown.


6 p.m.

Polls have closed in the eastern half of Kentucky in the primary election races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and other statewide offices.

Voters in line at 6 p.m. local time are allowed to cast ballots, but light turnout was projected in Tuesday's primary.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who wasn't able to run again because of term limits, said last week that absentee voting patterns indicated a turnout consistent with past primary elections, about 12.5% of the state's registered voters. A spokeswoman for Grimes' office said Tuesday turnout might end up even lower.

Voters are deciding on nominees in the governor's race, where Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is running for reelection in the primary against legislator Robert Goforth and two other challengers.