Stan Nicely Jr wrote:Vote buying makes a difference in close races. You couldn't buy enough votes to gain the margins that occurred in the sheriff's and judge executive's races. Vote buying is also more prevalent in certain precincts than in others. You can look at precincts with a lot of "stand-up" voters, and the margins weren't close in those precincts in either of those races. From the people I talked to, they were simply dissatisfied with Marvin's performance. These were people who were really high on him 4 years ago, but they feel like he let up-for whatever reason. It could be budget cuts prevented him from being able to do what he needed to, but over the last 4 years, his popularity fell about as fast and far as I've ever seen. Kentucky Justice played a role. I told someone when it started that people who like MJ would love the show and people who didn't like him would hate it. It would be the people who didn't have strong feelings toward him that would decide. From what I can tell, they weren't very pleased with it. I think the last week before the election, MJ realized Smitty had a real chance to win and started trying to work a little harder for the election, but voters already had their minds made up by then.
With all due respect, that race and the jailers race was bought flat out. Money, promises, favors and criminals got Sheriff Lipfird out. He was sold out. A lot of damn money went through this place. The only people I know that didn't like Kentucky Justice were the criminals and the ones who haven't watched it. I'd love to see National Geographic come in here and do a series on corruption and how elections are bought and paid for here.