Freshman Republican representative faces tough road to re-election in key 38th House District

11/04/2012 12:18 AM

Kentucky Democrats’ defensive strategy to keep control of the state House has started with going on offense against perceived vulnerable Republican incumbents.

And because Rep. Mike Nemes, a Louisville Republican finishing his first term, represents a normally reliably Democratic district, he’s at the top of the list.

Nemes out-worked Democratic incumbent Tim Firkins in the district made up of blue-collar neighborhoods between downtown Louisville and the Gene Snyder Expressway.

Democrats are betting heavily that first time candidate Denny Butler, a retired police sergeant and the son of the late former state Rep. Denver Butler, can deliver despite the fierce campaigning and moderate stances of Nemes.

Here’s a look at those candidates:

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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