Three hundred Kentuckians filed to run for a seat in the Republican-dominated Kentucky General Assembly this year, with Democrats slightly outpacing their GOP counterparts in an election year that promises dozens of intense political battles.
Hoping to ride a wave of discontent, 155 Democrats filed for a seat in the 100-member House or 38-member Senate. The GOP, which holds a super majority in both legislative chambers, fielded 145 legislative candidates. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. Tuesday.
All 100 House seats and 19 of 38 Senate seats are up for election in 2018.
Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in the 2016 general election for the first time since 1920. After using their new-found power to quickly push through a package of anti-abortion and anti-union laws, House Republicans were beset by a sexual harassment scandal that prompted their top leader to step aside and helped derail an unpopular proposal to overhaul Kentucky’s financially ailing pension systems.
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