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Carroll wins GOP state Senate contest

BY KATHLEEN FOXkfox@paducahsun.com

Danny Carroll earned the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat with a close victory Tuesday over challenger David Hoffman.

Carroll received 3,195 votes for 54.9 percent of the total, and Hoffman collected 2,621 votes for 45.1 percent in the race to represent District 2, which includes McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle and Marshall counties. Carroll won overwhelming in Marshall County and by a slim margin in Ballard and McCracken counties, while Hoffman carried Carlisle County.

Carroll is president and CEO of Easter Seals of West Kentucky and a retired assistant chief in the Paducah Police Department.  Hoffman is administrator for wife Dr. Barbara Bowers' Innovative Ophthalmology Clinic in Paducah.

"I'm relieved and humbled by the support," Carroll said. "We expected it to be a close race. I've been on the other side of close elections, and it's nice to be on the winning side this time."

Hoffman said he was proud of the race and closeness of the final tally.

"I'm proud of the campaign we ran, it was a great time, and I wouldn't change it for the world," he said. "We knew the name recognition was going to be difficult to overcome, and we came really close."

In the November election, Carroll will face Democrat Jeff Parker, chairman of the McCracken County School Board and a small business owner, who is the sole candidate on the Democratic ticket.

"We are going to start working in a few weeks, stepping up our efforts and learning from mistakes made during the primary to get our message out," Carroll said.

Parker said he is looking forward to getting started and expects a clean, positive race.

"It's going to be a good race, and we want to get our message out to the people of western Kentucky," Parker said. "My platform is geared toward the middle class, blue-collar workers and small business owners."

Paducah Sen. Bob Leeper, an Independent who caucuses with Republicans and has served in the Kentucky Senate for more than 23 years, announced last year that he would not seek re-election.  

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