By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
Two Democrats, Kenneth S. Stepp, of Clay County, and Micheal Ackerman, of Rowan County, running for the Fifth Congressional District ran a heads-together race in the 30-county district.
For the past 32 years, Republican Harold “Hal” Rogers has represented counties ranging from Bath and Rowan to Pulaski, McCreary and Wayne.
With all the counties in the district reporting, Stepp came away victorious with 12,272 votes, or 52.71 percent. Ackerman tallied 11,008 votes, or 47.29 percent.
The unofficial total of votes in the 30 counties was 23,280.
It was apparently Ackerman’s first attempt at Congress, while Stepp had tried for election against Rogers in the 2006 race.