Congressman Barr says he will help Matt Bevin reach conservative Democrats

06/05/2015 03:45 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, had to bridge the partisan divide to win two terms in the central Kentucky 6th Congressional District, and he says that knowledge of the political terrain will be put to use for GOP governor nominee Matt Bevin.

The 6th Congressional District has 1.6 times more registered Democrats than Republicans, but Barr was able to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in 2012 and hold the seat facing a Democratic challenge in 2014. The incumbent congressman used some well-placed ads and had the benefit of President Barack Obama on the ballot, but he also credits voter identification effort to win.

Helping identify the right people, Barr says, is important for Bevin and he will open up his iPhone contacts to help him compete in the general election against Democratic candidate Jack Conway.

“We just want to actively campaign with him make sure he knows some of the same great people in central and eastern Kentucky that we’ve gotten to know, and especially the conservative Democrats,” Barr said. “It used to be that conservatives in the state that had to register as Democrats to vote in primaries — that’s no longer the case.”

Several Republicans have said the major test for Bevin will be fundraising, so those introductions will be vital to Bevin who spent nearly $2 million during the Republican primary. Conway had more than $1.3 million in the bank, according to a pre-primary report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Bevin met with Barr at the end of May, an occurrence that went noticed by state media because of the timing.

Bevin’s campaign had been scheduled to attend the Hardin County Rotary Club’s meeting May 26, but he instead opted to meet with Barr and other lawmakers. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke at the Rotary event.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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