Presidential Spotlight Likely Off Kentucky

Now that the primary election is over, Kentucky likely won’t see another presidential candidate through the general election – that’s according to a local political expert.

Phil Laemmle is a retired political science professor from the University of Louisville. He says Senator Barack Obama is the likely nominee for the Democratic Party, but he probably won’t spend any time in the Bluegrass State leading up to November.

“Kentucky would be probably down on the list. We’re not a really big state. So he’d probably be better served in states where the youth vote might be more prevalent like Colorado, New Mexico, something like that,” said Laemmle.

Obama won in only two Kentucky counties in Tuesday’s primary – Jefferson and Fayette. Laemmle says some of those who voted for Senator Hillary Clinton will naturally support whomever is the Democratic nominee.

A Survey USA Poll conducted just over a month ago gave Republican John McCain a 34 point lead over Obama in Kentucky. Kentucky has eight electoral votes in the presidential contest.