|Absentee voting and important races garner record turnout and excitement for primary election, but no official results until June 30.|
By Robin Gee, city council beat editor
Despite concerns that having less polling places in Campbell County could suppress voter turnout, officials expect a record turnout for the county thanks, in part, to the loosening of rules for absentee voting due to the pandemic.
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In fact, county officials said the average voter turnout for a primary election is about 14,000. This year, 20,000 people requested absentee ballots and that number — 14,000 — had been returned in the mail even before officials counted those that were dropped off at secure locations in the county.
There are thousands left to count and, according to the Campbell County Clerk’s office,4,200 people in the county voted in-person yesterday, June 23.
By all counts, officials in Campbell County and in the Northern Kentucky region, said the record turnout is on par with a general election, rather than a primary. They expect about a 30 percent voter turnout.
When we will know final results
Although, a few candidates in primary races have conceded or claimed victory, due to the large number of absentee ballots, official tallying will not be complete until June 30. The absentee ballots must be received by the county clerks no later than June 27 to be included in the count.
Again, due to the need to count the mailed ballots, results will not be available until June 30.
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The race to watch in Campbell County
So far, presidential nominees leading in the primary races in Campbell County are as expected, Donald Trump (R) and Joe Biden (D), and the Democratic primary to determine a challenger to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is a close one with national attention on challengers Amy McGrath and Charles Booker.
In Campbell County and Northern Kentucky overall, the focus is on the U.S. House race for the seat held by incumbent Thomas Massie.
In the GOP primary, a challenger to Massie, Todd McMurtry, from Covington, has already conceded the race. Massie claimed a preliminary victory with 80 percent of the vote that has been tallied so far. He said he did not expect the absentee ballots would affect the outcome.
In the Democratic primary, Fort Thomas resident Alexandra Owensby is in the lead with 60 percent of the tallied vote over her opponent Shannon Fabert of Burlington. Owensby issued a statement thanking her supporters, family and campaign staff.
"While we won't be getting the full results until June 30, so far it appears that we're winning every single county, making us confident that we'll be the next Democratic nominee for Kentucky District 4," she said.