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Kentucky Lantern: ‘Down ticket’ races include election denier’s challenge of Republican secretary of state

Berry Craig
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The harsh words Michael G. Adams and Steve Knipper have exchanged started long before they became rival candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for Kentucky secretary of state.

Adams, who has held the office of top state election official since 2019 and is seeking a second four-year term, and Knipper, who was chief of staff to former Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton when Matt Bevin was governor, battled much of last year over election integrity.

Adams has introduced major changes to Kentucky’s voting laws and has significantly purged the registered voter rolls of more than 100,000 people who have died or moved out of state.

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