By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FORT MITCHELL - Republican Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd withstood a ferocious campaign onslaught from Democrat Patrick Hughes to win re-election Tuesday as the top elected official in Northern Kentucky's largest county.
Mr. Murgatroyd won with 18,142 votes to 16,489 for Mr. Hughes. Mr. Murgatroyd said he was able to win by running a more upbeat campaign than his opponent, who criticized Mr. Murgatroyd's record and leadership in office.
"I really think that made a difference to the people of Kenton County, who despite everything that was said still showed confidence in me," Mr. Murgatroyd said before attending a victory party at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell.
Mr. Hughes, reached Tuesday night as he prepared to call Mr. Murgatroyd to concede the race and congratulate the incumbent, denied the race was overly negative or personal.
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