Voters in Kentucky, and particularly in Fayette County, seemed to have had a disconnect with themselves Tuesday.
Statewide, Kentuckians sent Tea Party movement favorite Rand Paul to the U.S. Senate, presumably as an agent of change involving smaller government, reduced spending and balanced budgets.
At the same time, though, voters re-elected all six members of Kentucky's U.S. House delegation, which amounts to an endorsement of more of the same big government, big spending and massive deficits that have occurred on their watches.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, under-performed in Fayette County, where they normally would be expected to win by significant margins, at the same time the county's voters were electing Jim Gray, the more liberal of the two mayoral candidates who is also openly gay.
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Further conflicting the message they were sending in a Republican surge year, Fayette voters gave resounding victories to two Democratic members of the state House who have had scares in previous elections — Reps. Ruth Ann Palumbo and Susan Westrom — while Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr struggled to edge out Democratic former County Clerk Don Blevins in the most conservative part of the county.
What do all these seeming disparities mean? Probably nothing more than voters cast their ballots in different races for differing reasons.