The special election for the 56th House District—covering Woodford County and portions of Fayette and Franklin county—will likely be the only election this year.
This puts added pressure on both parties to come through with a victory, as Democrats try to maintain their majority and Republicans attempt to make in-roads in taking the House. Republican nominee Lyen Crews faces defeat Democrat James Kay on June 25
Right now, Democrats have a five seat majority over Republicans.
Republican Party of Kentucky chairman Steve Robertson said the special election is Round 2 in a multi-year fight for the state house between his party and the Kentucky Democratic Party.
“Let’s be realistic, this election is going to be a big priority for both parties,” Robertson said.
The race could also be the first test of Super PAC might, as both Democratic and Republican Super PACs are been formed to influence state House races.
The winner of the special election replaces Democrat Carl Rollins, the House education committee chair who recently resigned.