Down ticket GOP candidates Ball, Quarles wage last minute push to reach voters

10/29/2015 04:46 PM

SHELBYVILLE – With just days remaining before the November 3 election, GOP candidate for commissioner of agriculture Ryan Quarles, and treasurer candidate Allison Ball were in Shelbyville Thursday as part of their plan to crisscross the state meeting voters.

In a new Bluegrass Poll, released on Wednesday, Quarles led Democrat opponent Jean-Marie Lawson Spann 40 percent to 33 percent. Compared to a Bluegrass Poll released a month ago, Quarles has seen his lead grow in the poll from three percentage points to seven.

“We continue to build on a bipartisan positive campaign that’s focused on the issues that matter most, not just to Kentucky farmers, but also to Kentucky consumers,” Quarles said.

Quarles plans on heavy campaigning through Monday which will take him to all parts of the commonwealth.

“We’re going where the voters are,” Quarles said. “We’re hitting the small towns, we’re hitting the rural counties, and we’re going to the urban areas. Last week I clocked over 2,000 miles and we’ll probably do at least that many this week.”

Meanwhile, Ball is locked into a tight race with Democratic candidate Rick Nelson for state treasurer.

In the latest Bluegrass Poll, Ball maintained her 2 point lead from a month ago with 37 percent to Nelson’s 35 percent, with 28 percent of voters either undecided or having no interest in the race.

Ball is feeling good about her position and says that her financial background gives her a leg up in the race.

“I’m a bankruptcy attorney, I think all the time about financial matters, getting people on sound financial footing and that kind of background is a great background to be state treasurer,” Ball said.

With the days until the election winding down, Ball says that it’s important to carefully calculate where you campaign during the final stretch.

“You do try to figure out where are people that maybe you have not gotten the chance to speak to yet,” Ball said. “I feel great about it and have got a lot of momentum.”

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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