Let us all partake in a polygraph test to determine how many of us knew the outcome of the Nov. 2 elections.
I knew there were very few races that might even be considered a “lock”. However, I didn’t realize how many people were not pleased with what has happened in recent history in government.
It was definitely not a good day to be a Democrat or an incumbent.
The groundswell of discontent spread throughout the country. Few felt it would trickle down to the local level.
Not pretending to be any type of expert, I have witnessed 26 years of elections. Here are a couple of surprises...
First, the turnout for a non-presidential election was tremendous.
For a motor voter state where actually over 90 percent of those over 16 years of age probably being registered to vote, to exceed 45 percent is excellent.
My feeble - and obviously misguided - prediction was 25-30 percent. County clerk Kevin Mooney was much higher as he predicted close to a 40 percent turnout.
Second, the non-regular voters were the upset voters. They were coming to the polls to make a statement and they did.
They wanted change and they got it.
Third, to have such a high turnout, the talk around town was very quiet.
With the exception of the county attorney’s race, where there were a few sparks, the other races didn’t seem to garner much excitement.
However, something obviously did.
Fourth, it would be tough to start the day with a 1,900 vote difference in a countywide race and win.
In the straight-ticket count, the Republicans held a huge advantage. With the exception of the county clerk and the jailer, that lead could not be overcome.
Fifth, the campaign was very clean - at least out in public.
Monica Robinson was successful in bringing out some financial issues in the county attorney’s race that seemed to stick - especially with the economic climate.
Sixth, jailer-elect Martha Knox was able to overcome not only the straight-ticket numbers but some other factors to win, although the race is being contested and a recount will be held soon.
What wasn’t a surprise is that Bullitt Countians remained pretty true to their conservative roots. While the voter registration numbers are still in the favor of Democrats, the voting tendencies have not always followed that path.
Many local residents would consider themselves too fiscally conservative.
The next four years should be interesting. Of course, when hasn’t the county been interesting?
The cards have been dealt and there will be a few new players around the table come January. We wish them well as the education process will have to be a speedy one.