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2004 United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky

The 2004 House elections in Kentucky occurred on November 2, 2004 to elect the members of the State of Kentucky's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Kentucky had six seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.

2004 United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky

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All 6 Kentucky seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 4 2
Seats won 5 1
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,017,379 602,085
Percentage 62.22% 36.82%

These elections occurred simultaneously with the United States Senate elections of 2004 (including one in Kentucky), the United States House elections in other states, and various state and local elections.

Though Democrats picked up a seat via a special election in the Sixth congressional district in February of that year, but this was later cancelled out by a victory for Republicans in the Fourth district.


United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2004[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,017,379 62.22% 5 +1
Democratic 602,085 36.82% 1 -1
Libertarian 8,121 0.50% 0 -
Independents 5,270 0.32% 0
Constitution 2,388 0.15% 0 -
Totals 1,635,243 100.00% 6

District 1Edit

Incumbent Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield defeated Democratic challenger Billy Cartwright by a solid margin in this solidly-conservative west Kentucky-based district.

Kentucky's 1st congressional district election, 2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield (inc.) 175,972 67.32
Democratic Billy R. Cartwright 85,229 32.61
Write-ins 186 0.07
Total votes 261,387 100.00
Republican hold

District 2Edit

Incumbent Republican Congressman Ron Lewis faced no difficulty seeking a fifth term in his conservative district based in west-central Kentucky, riding the coattails of President Bush's re-election in Kentucky over Democratic nominee Adam Smith.

Kentucky's 2nd congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis (inc.) 185,394 67.92
Democratic Adam Smith 87,585 32.08
Total votes 272,979 100.00
Republican hold

District 3Edit

Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Anne Northup was used to facing tough elections in this swing district based in Louisville, but this election proved different. Despite the fact that John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for President, won Northup's district, her Democratic opponent, Tony Miller, the Circuit Court Clerk for Jefferson County was unable to defeat Northup and his campaign crumbled in a landslide.

Kentucky's 3rd congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anne Northup (inc.) 197,736 60.26
Democratic Tony Miller 124,040 37.80
Libertarian George C. Dick 6,363 1.94
Write-ins 15 0.00
Total votes 328,154 100.00
Republican hold

District 4Edit

When incumbent Congressman Ken Lucas, a Democrat, declined to seek re-election as part of a campaign pledge to only serve three terms, an intense battle emerged in this conservative district based in northern Kentucky. Reporter Nick Clooney, the father of renowned actor George Clooney, became the Democratic nominee; Geoff Davis, Lucas's opponent in 2002, became the Republican nominee. In what some dubbed "Heartland vs. Hollywood," Davis rode a Republican tidal wave to victory, defeating Clooney by a fair margin. Michael E. Slider, a High School teacher from Oldham County, also ran in the race as an Independent.

Kentucky's 4th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis 160,982 54.40
Democratic Nick Clooney 129,876 43.89
Independent Michael E. Slider 5,069 1.71
Total votes 295,927 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

District 5Edit

Incumbent Republican Congressman Hal Rogers was unopposed for another term in this strongly conservative district based in East Kentucky.

Kentucky's 5th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers (inc.) 177,579 100.00
Total votes 177,579 100.00
Republican hold

District 6Edit

Emerging from a successful special election earlier in the year, freshman incumbent Congressman Ben Chandler faced off against the Republican nominee, Kentucky State Senator Tom Buford. Chandler won a second term with relative ease in this conservative Central Kentucky district.

Kentucky's 6th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Chandler (inc.) 175,355 58.61
Republican Tom Buford 119,716 40.01
Constitution Stacy Abner 2,377 0.79
Libertarian Mark Gailey 1,758 0.59
Total votes 299,206 100.00
Democratic hold


Preceded by
2002 elections
United States House elections in Kentucky
Succeeded by
2006 elections