Conway wins re-election by nearly 10 points while GOP's P'Pool vows to be back

11/08/2011 11:28 PM

With a margin of just under 10 points, Attorney General Jack Conway will return to Frankfort for a second term and pledged to pour his full efforts into combating the “scourge and an epidemic” of prescription pills in Kentucky.

“You watch what (Gov.) Steve Beshear and I are about to do together. We’re going to say to all 50 states: You monitor pills,” he said. “We’re going to get entrepreneurs out of the pill mill business. And we are going to tackle this scourge and police it in this state the way it ought to be policed.”

Conway won with more than 450,000 votes, 54.95 percent to 45.05 percent for Republican Todd P’Pool, the Hopkins County Attorney.

Conway’s win keeps in tact a political career that seemed to be hanging by a thread one year ago after Conway was on the other end of a 10-point race, losing to Republican Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate race.

At the Republican Election Night event in Lexington, P’Pool acknowledged his loss but quickly turned the focus of his concession speech back to the theme of his opposing Democratic President Barack Obama.

“Regretfully, Kentucky will be silent in the fight against Obamacare. But I can assure you we will not be silent in the most important fight (next year),” P’Pool said.

He vowed to return to that same ballroom next year to celebrate a defeat of Obama.

But later, P’Pool told Pure Politics that he didn’t plan to necessarily be a candidate for office next year and is leaving his political future wide open.

Conway withstood a late burst of critical ads by P’Pool’s campaign and an outside Republican group Bluegrass Votes SuperPAC. The final ads focused on questions about the handling of a drug investigation into Conway’s brother, a former Jefferson County assistant prosecutor. Conway has maintained he handled it appropriately when his brother first told him about the investigation by telling Matt Conway to hire a lawyer.

- Video from Frankfort by Chris Bratton with reporting from Lexington by Kenny Colston

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