Voters in Pike County advanced Justin Cory Hamilton and Kent Varney forward in the race for Pike County’s Family Court Judge’s seat.

In Tuesday’s primary election, Hamilton was the top vote-getter in the race. According to the unofficial results from the primary, Hamilton garnered 3,585 votes, or 40.62 percent of the vote. He was followed by Family Court Judge-appointee Varney, who took in 3,058 votes, or 34.65 percent. Hamilton and Varney will move on to November’s general election where they will face one another in a runoff to decide who will serve as Pike County’s Family Court Judge.

Hamilton and Varney bested Robert Lee Chaney, who received 1,598 votes, or 18.11 percent, and Eugene Sisco, who received 584 votes, or 6.62 percent.

Hamilton thanked the voters of Pike County for the support he received in the primary.

“I am just so thankful that the voters have had the faith and confidence in me to allow me to win the primary election and allow me to move on to November,” Hamilton said in a statement issued to the News-Express. “Robbie Chaney and Eugene Sisco Jr. did a wonderful job campaigning and I hope that their supporters would consider me this fall. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to getting out there and seeing everyone again. God bless each and everyone of you.”

Varney said he plans to work hard over the months leading up to November.

“I am very grateful to the people of Pike County for helping us achieve our election goal of making the top two candidates and heading to the fall election,” Varney said in a statement issued to the News-Express. “With such a close result, every vote counts. With so many of the voters still undecided for the fall, I will be out working hard to show each and every person in Pike County that I am deserving of their support”

Voters also cast ballots in several other races.

Pike County voters showed overwhelming support for state Rep. Rocky Adkins in the Democratic Primary in Kentucky’s governor’s race. According to the unofficial results for Pike County, Adkins garnered 63.65 percent of the total unofficial vote in the Democratic primary, besting challenger Andy Beshear, who took just 22.36 percent of Pike County’s vote on his way to ultimately winning the primary. Adam Edelen and Geoffrey Young followed, with 11.51 percent and 2.48 percent, respectively.

In the Republican primary, Pike County’s voters backed challenger Robert Goforth over incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin. According to the unofficial results for Pike County, Bevin mustered 41.35 percent of the vote, while Goforth pulled in 49.16 percent. Bevin ultimately won the nomination and will face Beshear in the November General election. William Woods’ 5.44 percent and Ike Lawrence’s 4.05 percent rounded out the Republican governor primary.

In the race for Kentucky’s next Secretary of State, voters in Pike County overwhelmingly supported the two candidates who ultimately won their party’s nomination — Heather French Henry on the Democratic side and Michael Adams on the Republican ticket.

Pike County voters also voted in line with statewide voters in other races. Incumbent Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will face Democratic challenger Robert Conway in fall. Republican Daniel Cameron won his party’s nomination for Attorney General, and will face Democrat Greg Stumbo in November.

Democrat Michael Bowman won the Democratic nomination for state treasurer, and he will face incumbent Republican Allison Ball in the general election.

Democrat Sheri Donahue won the party’s nomination for state auditor in statewide voting, but she was bested in Pike County by Kelsey Hayes Coots, who carried the county by three percentage points. Donahue will face Republican Mike Harmon in the primary.

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