Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election in Kentucky was 48-point-nine percent, slightly eclipsing Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s pre-election prediction of 48 percent. Les Fugate of Grayson’s office says the higher number is not surprising.

“Local races drive turnout, rather than federal races. And so we had hot races in the mayor’s race in Lexington and Louisville. It really helped drive turnout in the urban areas. But we also had some very competitive races judge-executive races and sheriff’s races across the state,” he said.

Including in Franklin County, the seat of state government, where Democrat Pat Melton is the new sheriff, and incumbent Democratic Judge-Executive Ted Collins won re-election.