Previewing Tuesday's primary elections

05/18/2018 12:56 PM

Primary elections are just days away and there are definitely more incumbents in the Republican Party facing opponents, but one of the biggest races in the state is taking place on the Democratic side on Tuesday.

Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, partner at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, sat down with Pure Politics on Friday to talk about Tuesday’s primary campaigns.

Democrats are watching the 6th Congressional District Democratic primary to see which candidate emerges from a close race in the district, and will likely take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in the fall.

Brown said Amy McGrath made waves with an introductory video, which helped generate her campaign dollars from around the nation. Eighty percent of McGrath’s donations come from outside of Kentucky. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray generates around the same mark of 80 percent of his campaign funds from inside Kentucky, he said.

One of the biggest House races on the radar for Republicans is the challenge House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, faces from R. Travis Brenda, a teacher from Berea.

Fugate said it’s difficult to tell how close the race is in the 71st House District, but said the messaging will be watched from both sides of the aisle. Shell will run on the GOP’s accomplishments, and Brenda is running on many Democratic talking points when it comes to teachers and education.

Watch the video below for a full break out on the races our analysts are watching this cycle.

Brown and Fugate will join Pure Politics for live coverage on Tuesday May 22, for live election coverage.


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