Former representative to fill Kentucky state Senate seat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former state representative in Kentucky has won a special election to fill an open seat in the state Senate.

Republican Mike Nemes won the election Tuesday night for the district that covers southern Jefferson County and all of Bullitt County, news outlets reported.

Preliminary results show he received more votes than Democrat Andrew Bailey. He conceded the election to Nemes, according to a Facebook post and a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The election was to fill the seat vacated by Dan Seum, who retired in November. Seum was a Democrat when he began serving in Kentucky government in the 1980s. He switched to the GOP two decades ago, but endorsed Democrat Andy Beshear for last year's gubernatorial election.