On the Trail

NSA vote will keep McConnell from this weekend's RPK dinner as Bevin works on behind-the-scenes support

05/26/2015 07:02 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN — One was meeting with Republican lawmakers to solidify support for a gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday despite listing the Hardin County Rotary Club’s meeting on his official schedule. The other, who spoke to about 120 Rotarians at Tuesday’s luncheon, will skip the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Lincoln Day Dinner this weekend in hopes of extending the National Security Agency’s bulk-data collection program in a rare Sunday vote. Regardless of their itineraries, both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Louisville investment... Read more 

Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Scott Jennings says

05/23/2015 07:20 PM

Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come 2015 with Bevin as the likely GOP nominee, Jennings is promising his support. “I’m going to vote for Matt Bevin; I’m going to vote for the entire Republican ticket,” Jennings said in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday. Even though Bevin opted to not endorse McConnell in the 2014 general election, Jennings said he expects... Read more 

Northern Kentucky officials say Bevin's ground game in the area a key in sweeping the three-county region

05/22/2015 04:51 PM

Northern Kentucky proved a key area for Matt Bevin in his unofficial GOP gubernatorial victory. In Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Bevin got 10,326 votes, roughly 54 percent of all of the votes cast in northern Kentucky. James Comer received nearly 5,000 votes despite having state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Kenton County as a running mate. Hal Heiner got 3,510 votes in the three counties. The three county clerks in northern Kentucky say there were definite reasons why Bevin did so well... Read more 

Ag commissioner primary set for recanvass after 1,427-vote decision

05/21/2015 03:55 PM

State Rep. Richard Heath conceded that the result will likely remain, but the Mayfield Republican on Thursday asked for a recanvass in his 1,427-vote loss to Rep. Ryan Quarles in the GOP agriculture commissioner primary. Heath’s filing marks the second recanvass request in as many days after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer wanted his 83-vote loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary double-checked. Even though his margin of defeat is wider in terms of votes compared to Comer, Heath lost the primary by... Read more 

Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner, observers say

05/21/2015 01:05 PM

When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility. That’s especially true in the case of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Republican analysts pointed to Comer’s light political activity in Jefferson County, the “Fort Sumter” speech he gave in the backyard of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in late 2013 and allegations, which he has categorically denied, of abusing a college girlfriend and escorting her to an abortion... Read more 

For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

05/20/2015 09:24 PM

Unofficial Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin may have some mud on his hands after a bitter primary battle, but GOP observers say the Louisville investment manager’s campaign gradually built momentum thanks in large part to slick advertising and solid performances on the debate and chicken-dinner circuits. Not many predicted Bevin would top the four-man field Tuesday, and he almost didn’t after squeaking by with an 83-vote victory that may be in peril with a recanvass requested by second-place finisher Agriculture Commissioner... Read more 

James Comer seeks recanvass in razor-thin GOP gubernatorial primary

05/20/2015 04:27 PM

Republican gubernatorial hopeful James Comer, who fell 83 votes shy of unofficial nominee Matt Bevin Tuesday, has formally requested a recanvass, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office announced Wednesday. Comer and his running mate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, signed the request for “a full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all 120 counties,” according to a news release from Grimes’ office. Bevin barely edged Comer after a furious comeback in western... Read more 

Conway's campaign releases jobs-centric Web ad with Republican dust still unsettled

05/20/2015 02:36 PM

His opponent in this year’s gubernatorial election may change after a recanvass, but Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway wasted little time in attempting to set a tone that Republicans have hammered on the campaign trail for months: Kentucky needs more jobs. The 40-second Web ad released by Conway’s campaign features video from an Election Day press conference for Kentucky Democrats as well as news coverage of the event and his primary win over little-known candidate Geoff Young. “My top priority will be... Read more 

Westerfield, Ball and Quarles form GOP down ballot for the general election

05/20/2015 12:51 AM

As a recanvass takes place to determine the top of the ballot for the GOP, down-ticket candidates now have a slate to face Democrats in November. In the race for attorney general, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville bested Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan by 12,217 unofficial votes. “I’m thankful that Republicans of Kentucky have selected me as the Republican attorney general nominee,” Westerfield told Pure Politics in a phone interview Tuesday evening. Westerfield said that Hogan was “very gracious in... Read more 

Comer supporters say they'll support Bevin in November

05/20/2015 12:24 AM

FRANKFORT — While the roller coaster evening ended in potential disappointment for James Comer supporters, the feeling around the room at the Capital Plaza Hotel is that they will unite behind Republican nominee Matt Bevin in the fall. A tearful House Minority Leader, Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, expressed his appreciation for the campaign Comer ran. “I’m so proud of my friend Jamie Comer,” Hoover said. “He’s been through so much, his wife’s been through so much, his family.” Hoover feels certain that... Read more 

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