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Linda Gorton Wins Race For Lexington Mayor

Posted at 5:59 PM, Nov 06, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — LEX 18 has called the Lexington mayoral race for Linda Gorton.

LEX 18 made the call just before 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The race was closely watched in the city as two well-known names were up for the job: Gorton, a former vice-mayor, and former Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.

Gorton and her supporters celebrated her win at the Old Courthouse in downtown Lexington.

She has experience as a council member and as vice mayor.

Earlier in the day, she told LEX 18 that she was thrilled to see the voter turnout in town.

I feel really good. We have worked so hard for so many months and I think today’s the payoff, and it’s really good to see this many people out voting,” said Gorton.

Election Day morning, Bastin also said he felt good as he went to vote. His campaign headquarters was at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

He had been campaigning for the mayoral position since January when he resigned from his post at Fayette County Public Safety Commissioner.

I feel good. Just walking down the line here after signing in, people are saying they’re voting for me and I’m excited about that. I’m proud that they heard our message and we’re willing to let us in when we knocked on their doors and shared our ideas,” Bastin earlier in the day.

You can see results here.

We are live at Linda Gorton's election campaign headquarters. LEX 18 has declared her the winner.

Posted by LEX 18 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ronnie Bastin makes his concession speech in the Lexington mayor race.

Posted by LEX 18 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018