In Kentucky State Senate District 38, party county executive committees have chosen Andrew Bailey (D) and Mike Nemes (R) to run in the special election on January 14.
The seat became vacant when Dan Seum (R) resigned on November 16. Seum had represented the district since 1995. He last won re-election in 2018 with 67.9% of the vote.
Heading into the election, Republicans have a 28-9 majority in the Kentucky State Senate with one vacancy. Kentucky has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
As of November, 77 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 24 states this year. Six special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in five states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.