As expected, state Rep. Robert Goforth (R-East Bernstadt) formally announced that he will challenge incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in this year’s Republican primary. Mr. Goforth, who won his first full term in the legislature last November after winning a special election earlier in the year, was highly confrontational in his comments about the Governor. He stated his belief that Mr. Bevin is arrogant and condescending while making reference to him not fully understanding Kentucky values because he grew up in New England.
Gov. Bevin has twice stated that he plans to seek re-election but has yet to file a campaign committee. The state candidate filing deadline is January 29th, so we will soon know whether his re-election effort will be launched.
The Governor has poor approval ratings but should have little trouble dispensing with Rep. Goforth. Should Mr. Bevin decide not to file, US Rep. James Comer (R-Tompkinsville), who barely lost the 2015 Republican gubernatorial primary, says he will run again in an open seat contest.
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