Beshear says Democrats to focus on holding numbers in state Senate

06/05/2012 07:20 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear said, if anything, Democrats could score a pick-up in the open 1st state Senate seat in western Kentucky but are largely focused on holding their 15 seats in the 38-member state Senate.

Beshear, who spoke to Pure Politics before making remarks at Friday’s Democratic Party dinner, said he will focus on “keeping what we have.”

Eight of the 19 state Senate seats up in this year’s election are contested. Of those, four are held by Republicans and four are held by Democrats.

Republicans are targeting the 37th District in Louisville in which businessman and conservative activist Chris Thieneman is challenging Democratic Sen. Perry Clark.

Democrats have placed priority on the 1st District race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Ken Winters of Murrary. In that race, Republican Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries is going against former Democratic Congressman Carroll Hubbard.

Hubbard is making his third bid for the state Senate in six years. A popular congressman, he fell into public disgrace after being sentenced to three years in prison in the 1990s for misusing government employees and campaign finance law violations.

That’s the main reason Hubbard hasn’t received more than lukewarm support from Democratic leaders in his past runs. Beshear talked about Hubbard and his views of backing a Democratic challenger against a Republican leader the governor has actually been able to work with:


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