By Carol Mills
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The state Senate race between Republican Albert Robinson and first-time political candidate Amie Hacker on the Democratic ticket was fairly close.
In the five-county 21st Senatorial District, Robinson received a total of 20,490 votes (53.82 percent) as compared to Hacker’s 17,583 (46.18 percent), a difference of 2,907.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Robinson said. “It was a long, hard fought battle.”
He said voters who were divided between the two candidates now have to put aside their differences.
“I’ve heard of spats continuing after the election. I do not endorse that.
“The election is behind us now,” he continued. “I’ve asked people to come together. I’ve won. I’m victorious. I have no ill will for my opponent.”
Robinson thanked the people of the 21st Senatorial District for electing him, saying he appreciates “the opportunity to go back to work for them as a senior majority member.”
In Laurel County, Robinson edged Hacker by 865 votes; he received 11,291 votes (51.94 percent) compared to Hacker’s 10,426 (47.96 percent).
Robinson also took Jackson and Estill counties. In Jackson, Robinson garnered 3,276 votes and Hacker, 1,459, for more than twice the votes. In Estill, Robinson received 2,974 compared to Hacker’s 2,023, for a difference of only 951 votes.
The other two counties, Menifee and Powell, were taken by Hacker, but only by small margins.
In Menifee, Hacker received 1,380 votes compared to Robinson’s 1,043; in Powell, Hacker got 2,295 and Robinson, 1,906.
As a first-time candidate, Hacker wanted to thank her supporters, family and friends who were by her side during the campaign.
“It was an uphill battle,” she said. “We made good strides for a first-time candidate. Now is the time to band together, past party lines, for the better of our district.”
Hacker plans to continue in politics.
“I love it, talking to all kinds of people. I know I can make a difference, and I will continue to work and be visible in the community. We will see what the political future holds for me. Sometimes, you just draw the short straw.”