Massie says he could have won without Super PAC but needs GOP to come together for the fall

05/22/2012 09:57 PM

In his first media interview after winning the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional District, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie attributed his win to appealing to tea party supporters and “Ronald Reagan Republicans” alike.

Massie downplayed the effect of the Liberty for All Super PAC, which spent more than $542,000 on TV ads backing him, by pointing to poll results from late March — before that group’s involvement — that showed him up by 10 points.

“If this would have been a fair fight we could have won,” he said (1:40 of the interview). “I think the Super PAC kind of evened things out here.”

Massie won the seven-candidate primary with nearly 45 percent of the vote. He won 19 of the 20 counties with only Kenton County going to Alecia Webb-Edgington, the state representative from the northern part of that County. Webb-Edigngton finished second with nearly 29 percent of the vote and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore finishing third with 15 percent — and lost Boone County to Massie.

“The key was building a coalition. We’ve got three groups of people who turned out to vote for me,” Massie said, listing them as tea party supporters, liberty group supporters and “Ronald Reagan Republicans.”

Watch the interview:

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 donald.weber@charter.com.

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