Governor's race heading for "blowout" but GOP ads could bolster down-ticket candidates, Grayson says

10/10/2011 07:36 AM

The $1.35 million the Republican group Restoring America has raised to buy ads isn’t likely to change the outcome of the governor’s race but could have a trickle-down effect on races for attorney general and agriculture commissioner, said Trey Grayson, director of the Institute for Politics at Harvard University.

Grayson, a Republican and former Kentucky secretary of state, said Republican candidate for governor David Williams fell too far behind Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to be able to come back.

“Who knows what the final margins will be, but the outcome is, I think, not in doubt,” Grayson said starting at 1:00 of the video. “It’s a blowout … I“m a Republican. I’d love to come on here and tell you David Williams is going to win, he’s going to have a big comeback and all that. But that would be denying reality.”

And he said voters just aren’t plugging into this fall’s election.

As for Restoring America, the Republican outside group has raised $1.35 million, according to its filing with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. The report didn’t list its donors.

But Grayson said Restoring America’s ads won’t be enough to rescue Williams.

“They have some money, you have to try,” Grayson said starting at 2:30 of the interview. “They need to run these ads to try to get some excitement among the base so they get out there and volunteer.”

It might have more to do with helping get Republican candidate for attorney general Todd P’Pool and GOP agriculture candidate James Comer elected, Grayson added.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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