GOP's road to attempt to flip the House goes through Owensboro

10/28/2014 12:00 PM

OWENSBORO — The focal point for Republicans in their efforts to take control of the state House come down to taking out one incumbent in West Kentucky where Rep. Jim Glenn ,D-Owensboro, has clung to political life in the past two elections.

The race for 13th District House Representative has all of the elements of a premiere race — from hefty campaign accounts, to big spending outside groups leveling negative attacks, shifting voter patterns, and a reclusive incumbent who refused to go on camera with Pure Politics.

If history holds true, this is a race where literally every vote counts. Glenn has won the last two elections by less than a combined 500 votes.

In this election, Glenn faces perhaps his toughest challenger yet in Republican Alan Braden, a former city commissioner, who has kept pace financially in the cycle. But both candidates enter the final weeks with $70,000 in the bank.

Two members on Pure Politics traveled to the Owensboro district in attempts to fairly profile the race where Rep. Glenn refused an in-person attempt to talk about the election.

The race is being looked at around the state as a “must have” for the GOP in their attempt to flip the House from Democratic to Republican control which, Braden says has put added pressure on him.

“When I decided to get into the race, I knew nothing about Republicans flipping the House,” Braden said. “That was not part of my decision to run. It does put a little pressure obviously, to have that said about your race but it doesn’t change what we’re doing in terms of running the race.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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