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Poll: 20% Undecided in Kenton, Campbell Judge-Exec Races

As the finals days of the 2014 primary election season slip away, candidates for the top elected positions in Kenton and Campbell Counties have no reason to slow down their campaigns.

A poll indicates tight races on both sides of the Licking River in the GOP primaries for Judge-Executive.

While full numbers and information were not made available, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Apartment Association exclusively released some details to The River City News on Thursday.

1,300 Republicans in each county likely to vote in the primary on Tuesday were interviewed this week.

According to Charles Tassell, the director of governmental affairs at the association, the race between incumbent Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus and current County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann is "head to head". Tassell did not reveal what the numbers showed precisely, whether one candidate held a slim lead or if the race were tied, or if it fell within a margin of error.

More revealing, the poll, according to Tassell, showed 20% of likely GOP primary voters were undecided with just five days to go before the election.

The same amount of undecided voters exists in Campbell County, Tassell said. Incumbent Judge-Executive Steve Pendery leads "by some" over challenger Kevin Sell but is "well under 50%", Tassell said.

There is no Democratic candidate in Kenton County so the winner of the Republican primary will likely assume a four-year term in January. The winner of the Pendery-Sell race will face current Democratic County Commissioner Ken Rechtin in November.

-Michael Monks, editor

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Photo: Kenton County Building in Covington/RCN file