- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Here is a look at some of the state’s top races in Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky:

GOVERNOR: The Republican primary was too close to call. Candidates Matt Bevin and James Comer were locked in a virtual tie with all precincts reporting. Attorney General Jack Conway easily won the Democratic nomination. Conway had no trouble in dispatching Geoff Young, a former state engineer who did not raise money and was shunned by the state party.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: State Sen. Whitney Westerfield defeated Lawrence County Attorney Michael Hogan in their two-way race for the Republican nomination. Westerfield, of Hopkinsville, advances to take on Democrat Andy Beshear in November. Beshear, unopposed in the primary, is the son of Gov. Steve Beshear. Westerfield touts his role on criminal justice issues as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: State Rep. Ryan Quarles narrowly defeated fellow lawmaker Richard Heath for the Republican nomination. The primary pitted candidates with rural pedigrees. Quarles will look to keep the job in GOP hands. Quarles advances to a general election matchup against Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, who was unopposed in the primary.

STATE TREASURER: State Rep. Rick Nelson defeated four opponents to win the Democratic nomination, while Prestonsburg attorney Allison Ball won the three-way race for the Republican nomination. Nelson, a Middlesboro lawmaker, defeated Louisville business executive Neville Blakemore, former state Rep. Richard Henderson of Mount Sterling, state Rep. Jim Glenn of Owensboro and Louisville real estate agent Daniel Grossberg. Ball defeated state Rep. Kenneth Imes and Lexington attorney Jon Larson. Larson was the one candidate who supported abolishing the treasurer’s office.

SECRETARY OF STATE: Alison Lundergan Grimes cruised to the Democratic nomination in her bid for a second term. Grimes easily defeated little-known challenger Charles Lovett of Louisville, who didn’t seek campaign donations. Grimes will face Republican Steve Knipper of Independence in the November election. Grimes is looking to rebound after losing to now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in last year’s bruising Senate election in Kentucky.

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