Neither primaries nor 2012 environment should hurt sitting House Democrats, Damron says

03/15/2012 04:58 PM

Coming off of a failed redistricting effort and facing primary challengers and 2012 presidential headwinds, Kentucky House Democrats are confident they can keep their solid majority, said the Democrats’ caucus chairman.

Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, said Republicans have “zero” chance of taking control of the lower chamber. Currently, Democrats hold a nine-seat advantage, so Republicans would need a net gain of 10 seats to take over.

“They may win some of our seats and we may win two or three of their seats,” Damron said (6:00 of the video). Find out how much money House Democrats plan to raise at 6:40 of the interview.

First, though, 10 incumbent Democrats must get through the May 22 primary races. Damron said the caucus does not take sides in those primary contests (0:30).

Hear what Damron has to say about some of those races, including two challenges to conservative Western Kentucky Democratic Reps. John Arnold of Sturgis and Jim Gooch of Providence (1:00), as well as a primary challenge by former Louisville Tea Party president Wendy Caswell against Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville. (2:00)

Damron said he thought “the courts erred in their judgement” of throwing out the newly redrawn House and Senate district maps for being unconstitutional (7:30 of the video above.)

But he said until the Supreme Court releases its detailed ruling, the legislature can’t go back to the drawing board to make sure the next maps for 2014 and beyond pass constitutional muster.

Damron, who has drawn a challenge in the 39th House District from former congressional candidate Matt Lockett, must go back to running in a district with a much larger population than the ideal 43,000 for a House District.

After helping draw the map that shed the Republican area of Wilmore in western Jessamine County, Damron now must run for re-election there. Hear what he has to say about that as well as changes to the 6th Congressional District:

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