Kentucky held its primary election Tuesday. The voters have spoken, and their votes should be respected.
In the Democratic race for president between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Clinton appears to have won a narrow victory in the Bluegrass state, although as of Wednesday morning, The Associated Press considered the race too close to call. If Clinton’s slim margin holds, she deserves to be congratulated on her victory.
Sanders and Clinton both campaigned hard in Kentucky, including recent stops in Bowling Green, and they should be commended for a hard-fought primary.
In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green won in a landslide against two little-known opponents, Stephen Slaughter and James R. Gould. We congratulate Paul on his victory, and we applaud his challengers for being part of the process and putting themselves and their visions and ideas out there.
In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was the winner. We congratulate Gray on his win and also applaud his opponents, Rory Houlihan, Ron Leach, Sellus Wilder, Grant T. Short and Tom Recktenwald, for throwing their hats in the ring during this primary process and offering their ideas to the people of Kentucky.
There were also two state office primaries Tuesday in our coverage area. In the 23rd District of the state House, which consists of Barren County and the Three Forks area of Warren County, Glasgow City Council member Joe Trigg and Glasgow attorney Danny J. Basil faced off on the Democratic ticket. Basil was the winner of this race, and we congratulate him on a hard-fought race. We also commend Trigg for participating in the political process and being a candidate in this race. Former Barren County High School Principal Steve Riley and Freddie Joe Wilkerson ran as Republicans in this primary. Riley was victorious, and we congratulate him. We also applaud Wilkerson for being involved in the process by putting his hat in the ring.
In the primary for the 16th House District, which consists of Todd, Logan and Warren counties, Republicans Ami Brooks and Jason Petrie faced off. Petrie was victorious in his quest to challenge incumbent Democrat state Rep. Martha Jane King in November. We congratulate Petrie on his primary win and also commend Brooks for participating in the electoral process.
Now that the primary is over, the candidates will focus on running their campaigns into the months leading up to Election Day in November. We are hopeful all of the candidates will run respectful campaigns moving forward.
It is a real shame that only a little more than 20 percent of Kentucky voters went to the polls during this primary. By not showing up to vote, they are committing a disservice to those who have sacrificed to give them the right to vote. For those who didn’t vote, we will simply say you really don’t have a right to complain about the results.
Once again, congratulations to all the winners and also a salute to those who put themselves out there to be a part of the process.
This is what democracy is all about.
Daily News of Bowling Green