Full slates of legislative candidates to be set Tuesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Cluster Howard won by the slimmest of margins in 2014, ousting a freshman Republican House member by a mere 14 votes in eastern Kentucky. Now Republicans are aiming to make him a one-and-done lawmaker in their quest to consolidate power in Kentucky’s Capitol.

Two Republicans – including the former lawmaker unseated by Howard – are vying for their party’s nomination and a chance to reclaim the Appalachian seat for the GOP.

Contested primaries are set in nearly three dozen districts on Tuesday for the state House of Representatives. It’s a dress rehearsal for the November general election when Republicans will try to take control of the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats.

Seven House seats have no incumbents running – four held by Democrats and three by Republicans.