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.”

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