2019 Kentucky Governor's race

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Gov. Matt Bevin predicted Tuesday that his political kinship with Republican President Donald Trump will be in the campaign spotlight this year, and that Trump may visit Kentucky multiple times to help Bevin counter a tough Democratic challenge.

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While Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has run into resistance from Republican lawmakers on pension legislation, and faced a messy dispute with his lieutenant governor, his Democratic challenger has forged alliances with his ex-rivals as the campaign starts taking shape.

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The candidates have been selected by their respective parties and now it’s on to November for statewide offices in the Commonwealth.  For some analysis of the big races we turn once again to Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor/publisher of the Frankfort based Kentucky Gazette.


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projects that a mere 12.5% of registered voters will show up at the polls for tomorrow's primary.  In this week's Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazettte editor/publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss all things turnout, including a flashback to four years ago when a certain GOP gubernatorial hopeful prevailed in a crowded field by less than 100 votes.

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Ahead of next week's primary election, Democrats running for Kentucky governor promised during a debate Wednesday to push for increased state funding for higher education.

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Last week on Capital Chat we devoted our airtime to the Democratic candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial primary, and this week it’s the GOP’s turn.   Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock and WUKY's Alan Lytle discuss incumbent Republican Matt Bevin's historically low approval numbers and how he hopes to beat back his primary challengers, Robert Goforth, William Woods, and Ike Lawrence, by enlisting the aid of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

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After Adam Edelen went on the attack in Kentucky's increasingly feisty Democratic primary, rival Andy Beshear pushed back on Wednesday, saying any infighting benefits Republicans.

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Well, it's happened.  Attack ads are now a component of the Democratic Gubernatorial primary race.  Last week a group with ties to Adam Edelen launched an ad highly critical of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear while opponent Rocky Adkins continues to play up his appeal to rural voters.  In this week's edition of Capital Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Kentucky Gazette, about the respective campaigns' strategies, fundraising and messaging. *Note: This conversation was recorded before the release of incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin's first TV ad of the primary.

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The masses crammed into Churchill Downs on Saturday will be fixated on 3-year-old thoroughbreds running in the Kentucky Derby. But in some sections of the famed track, another type of horse race will have politicians vying for attention — and perhaps cash to support their campaigns.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is playing up his ties with President Donald Trump and their willingness to shake up the political system in his reelection campaign's first TV ad, which launched as the Republican faces mounting criticism from Democrats, teachers' groups and other adversaries.