The GOP Canvass, AKA election, starts this morning at 6 a.m. at normal polling places around Floyd County and ends at 1 p.m.
Interest appears high for this primary with more than 800 ballots cast in preliminary periods last Saturday and on Thursday.
In a country dominated by the party of the elephant, a GOP Canvass or primary pretty much decides an election. The last time that didn’t happen was 2007 when Stephanie Murray Shortt won the Commonwealth’s Attorney position, beating Republican Eric Branscom.
Branscom is trying again and is considered a contender in a three-way race that also includes Floyd attorney Harrison Schroeder and Pulaski assistant prosecutor Travis Epes.
Whoever wins the GOP Canvass for Commonwealth’s Attorney will win the general election in November. That’s a given.
The same is true for the Sheriff’s race between Republicans Brian Craig and Doug Weddle. Outspoken former Deputy Laura Amanda Reinhard Sparks plans another run as an independent in the fall but has little chance.
Democrats are pretty much sitting out the local elections this year. Linda DeVito is running as an independent against Republican Eddie Worth for Little River Supervisor but faces an uphill fight in a district that traditionally elected Republicans.
The GOP ballot will be set when the votes are counted Saturday afternoon.