Challenger Turner defeats incumbent Turner

After 20 years in office, 29th District state Sen. Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg has been defeated.

Harlan attorney and former state Rep. Johnnie L. Turner picked up 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, compared to Sen. Turner’s 46 percent.

Each man ran a strong race on his home turf, with the incumbent taking Floyd County by 25 points, and the challenger taking Harlan County by 57 points.

Johnnie L. Turner also picked up Letcher County by 10 points.
And while Sen. Turner also captured Knott County, it was only by 44 votes — less than 1 percent.