Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Elections board certifies results of special House elections

(AP) — The State Board of Elections has certified the results of last week's four special Kentucky House elections that solidified Democratic control of the chamber.

The board's certification on Tuesday clears the way for the four new House members to be sworn into office. Their swearing in is scheduled to occur later Tuesday.

Democrats won three of four special House elections last Tuesday.

Their victories dealt a blow to Republican takeover attempts and solidified Democratic power in the last legislative chamber in the South the party still controls.

The victories give Democrats 53 of 100 seats in the House. The new lawmakers take office at a crucial time as the House prepares for crucial votes on the state budget.