Gov. Steve Beshear's campaign to start general election TV ad on Monday

05/18/2011 12:18 PM

Less than 12 hours after the Republicans crowned their gubernatorial nominee, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear tapped into his expansive campaign warchest and made a three-week TV ad buy starting Monday.

Beshear bought more than $90,000 worth of ad time in the Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro cable markets. The ads are set to run from May 23 to June 12, according to public ad files with Insight Communications, which is cn|2’s parent company.

Bill Hyers, the campaign manager for Beshear, declined to comment about the ad, except to say the campaign doesn’t “discuss media strategy,” publicly.

Beshear, who is running for a second term, will face Republican Senate President David Williams this fall. Williams won the three-way Republican primary Tuesday night by 10 points.

Because Beshear was unopposed in the Democratic primary, he was able to focus on amassing funding. As of the last fundraising reports from May 15, Beshear had roughly $3.5 million cash on hand, while Williams had $200,000 left and was expected to spend that over the final days before Tuesday’s primary.

Beshear and his running mate Jerry Abramson and the Republican ticket of Williams and his lieutenant governor candidate Richie Farmer will be joined by the independent slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley in the general election race for governor. Galbraith and Riley are still collecting signatures to officially qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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