Jamie Comer wins GOP nomination in the 1st Congressional District, other congressional races set

05/17/2016 09:26 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell released this statement congratulating Comer on his victory:

“I congratulate Jamie Comer on his impressive victory tonight. He ran an outstanding and honest campaign and his message of reining in Washington spending and the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration resonated in western Kentucky. Jamie’s conservative values will make him a strong advocate for his district in Congress. I will work hard to help Jamie win in November, and look forward to serving with him in the nation’s capital.”

Comer is hoping to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who has held the seat for 21 years. Whitfield’s district director for many years, Michael Pape, was also vying for the GOP nomination. Comer also defeated Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts and Miles A. Caughey Jr.

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown issued the following statement of congratulations:

“The Republican Party of Kentucky congratulates James Comer on becoming our nominee for Congress in the 1st Congressional District. His victory was well earned over a great field of qualified candidates. James will be an outstanding representative for Kentucky values in Washington.”

Last year Comer came very close to winning the nomination for governor. After that loss he said he was taking a break from politics. But he changed his mind when Whitfield announced his retirement.

Comer will face Democrat Sam Gaskins in November.

3rd Congressional District

Republican Harold Bratcher won a three-way primary by 8 percent of the vote and will face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, Nov. 8.

Bratcher topped second-place finisher Everett Corley by 1,721 votes.

Corley attracted attention in the primary after accusing the executive director of the Jefferson County Republican Party of assault in a criminal complaint in March and, more recently, suing to block the removal of a Confederate monument on the University of Louisville’s campus this month, according to reports.

6th Congressional District

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr trounced his opponent by nearly 70 points and his opponent this fall, Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper, won her primary by a similarly lopsided margin.

Kemper beat Geoff Young by more than 60 percent of the vote Tuesday, setting up her contest against Barr Nov. 8.

Barr, who beat GOP challenger Roger Brill 20,604 votes, holds a significant cash advantage on Kemper, reporting $1.3 million in his campaign coffers to Kemper’s $71,589, according to their latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.

5th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, won a 19th term in Congress after thumping GOP challenger John Burk Jr. by nearly 65 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

No Democrat filed for the seat.

Rogers thanked his supporters in a statement and said he believed the eastern Kentucky district’s “best days are ahead of us.”

“Today, more of our students are graduating from high school and earning colleges degrees; more communities have access to clean water and sanitary sewer; and thanks to Operation UNITE, we are leading the nation in the effort to combat drug abuse,” he said.

“However, the Obama Administration’s war on coal has devastated our region with more than 11,000 laid off coal miners since 2009, making this a critical time for strong leadership in our coalfields and across our country. As we press forward with SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, we are on the brink of transforming our beloved hometowns through job creation, tourism opportunities, broadband access, innovative economic development efforts, regional collaboration and pure local talent.”

Caroline Imler and Kevin Wheatley contributed to this report.


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