Breaking down some of the most interesting 2012 Ky. legislative primary races

03/29/2012 01:22 PM

Among the most interesting state legislative races this spring are several involving candidates with ties to the tea party movement, including a Republican primary for a House race in Northern Kentucky and a Democratic House contest in Louisville.

Les Fugate, a consultant and former deputy assistant secretary of state, said perhaps the most competitive race involving an incumbent is the Republican primary for the 66th House District between former Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig and four-term incumbent Rep. Addia Wuchner in Florence. Flaig is a former president of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party.

In Louisville, Democratic Rep. Reginald Meeks landed a primary against Wendy Caswell, the former president of the Louisville Tea Party.

“I don’t expect Representative Meeks to have any issues in winning that race, but the big question is what kind of impact does she have. That will be give a little bit of a barometer of what we see in the fall,” Fugate said.

Fugate also handicapped some of the other key races to watch, including the four candidate Democratic primary in Louisville to replace Sen, Tim Shaughnessy, who is not running for re-election.


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