HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - As the first precincts began reporting their voting totals to the Perry County Clerk's Office, early numbers showed a very close race for the seat of state representative for the 84th district.
Incumbent State Representative Chris Fugate pulled away from his challenger, Tom Pope, as the night progressed.
We talked with Fugate following the results and asked him why he thinks a majority of voters wanted to keep him in office.
"You know, first of all, I'd like to say thanks to all of those that voted for me in Perry and Harlan County and had faith in me to continue to be their representative", said Fugate. "I think the folks see that I'm willing to stand up for our district, for life, for God, for what we've been taught, what we believe in, and what we know is right. I think they see that I'm willing to make tough decisions in regards to the economy, supporting education, the pension system, and everything that went into the last two years. I think they saw that I would stand up for them. I told them I'd be a voice for them and that's what I've done the last two years."
Fugate received 7,992 votes, His challenger, Tom Pope, received 6,367 votes.