2019 Kentucky Governor's race

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Democrat Andy Beshear says he wants to expand gambling in Kentucky and use the proceeds to fund struggling public pension systems.  Two of his rivals in next month's gubernatorial primary are taking shots at the proposal.

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Republican lawmaker Robert Goforth introduces himself to voters in the first TV ad of his campaign challenge against Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in the spring primary.

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Vice President Mike Pence campaigned Friday for Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, making one of the Trump administration's first forays into a trio of 2019 Southern governor's races that could serve as a harbinger of the 2020 presidential campaign.

The son of a tobacco farmer running for governor in Kentucky endorsed a statewide smoking ban in most workplaces on Tuesday, a sign of the evolving tobacco politics in a state once dominated by the cancer-causing cash crop.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she has decided against running for governor.

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Kentucky's Republican governor reiterated Thursday he will run for re-election this year despite sagging approval ratings and mounting pressure from within his own party as would-be challengers grow restless. Gov. Matt Bevin has already drawn three opponents for the May primary, including state Rep. Robert Goforth, who denounced the governor's leadership style as one of "arrogance, scorn and hateful ridicule."

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Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth offered a stinging rebuke of Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday as he opened his campaign to challenge the incumbent in this year's primary.

A former college basketball player who has spent more than three decades in the Kentucky legislature announced Wednesday that he will run for governor in 2019, hoping his moderate views will convince rural voters to return to the Democratic party ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Kentucky GOP Approves Review Of Attorney General's Office

Aug 9, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear launched his campaign for governor last month. Thursday, the Senate Republican Caucus announced a state-funded review of the contracting procedures in the Attorney General's office.

Beshear Faces Scrutiny For Past Campaign Contributions

Jul 11, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity.  That was two years ago. The money is still there.