Lt. Gov. candidate Riley says voting independent isn't a 'wasted vote,' says ticket will be well funded

10/06/2011 05:38 PM

WILLIAMSTOWN — Trailing in third place public polls hasn’t discouraged the independent gubernatorial slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley.

Riley told students at a Northern Kentucky University satellite campus this week that the ticket has been picking up support from disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats.

The latest public polling, by SurveyUSA on behalf of the Courier-Journal and WHAS11, showed Galbraith and Riley pulling 8 percent of likely voters’ support, far behind Republican David Williams (26 percent) and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear (57 percent).

Riley disputed those results and said she believes her slate is in “second-place” ahead of Williams. However, she didn’t offer any independent poll data showing that.

However, getting 34 percent of the vote — as Riley mentions in the video — doesn’t automatically ensure a win in the three-way race.

Riley also said that her independent campaign is in good financial shape with small donations even though the campaign is not targeting industry leaders for donations. She specifically mentioned payday lenders, which have given to both Williams — the state Senate president — and Beshear, according to an article by the Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus.

-Reporting and video production by Don Weber.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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