Chandler says Obama was 'too heavy for us' in rural counties; isn't ready to discuss his future

11/06/2012 11:40 PM

Ben Chandler said Republicans effectively linked him to the president who is unpopular in Kentucky, which ultimately was enough to unseat him.

“I thought it was a little bit of a miracle, frankly, that we prevailed two years ago,” he said. “We did think that we were going to be able to do it again, but we weren’t able to. The difference, I think, was that the president was on the ticket.”

He said losing Montgomery County clued him in that “the effect of the presidential race was too much to overcome.”

Chandler said he wasn’t ready to talk about his political future.

Here’s what he told reporters after conceding Tuesday night:

Chandler, speaking at Buster’s in downtown Lexington, pledged to help Andy Barr have a smooth transition.

“As you can imagine, this is a very disappointing evening for us,” Chandler said. “I’m afraid the president was just a little too heavy for us in some of the rural counties.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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