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 state Republicans will unite behind Matt Bevin in November, if Bevin emerges as the candidate after a recanvass.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that with Matt Bevin as the nominee, Republicans will unite behind him,” Hoover said.

Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, felt that Bevin’s name recognition around the state that he got from his unsuccessful U.S. Senate race last year against Mitch McConnell probably helped Bevin this year.

While he was disappointed with the result, count him as one Republican who will back Bevin in November.

“It’s like anything that the Republicans need to do, we need to find unity because many times we’re splintered and we’re fragmented here and there, and so it’s time I think we need to come together,” Wise said.

Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg, is confident that all of the GOP will get behind Bevin.

“We want to take the governor’s office, and its time we take the governor’s office,” Bunch said. “We’ll rally behind Bevin and hopefully we’ll have a different outcome, we’ll be victorious in November.”

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