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.

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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