Stumbo, Hoover Assess Primary Results

The top two leaders of the Kentucky House are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination.

Stumbo believes the map benefits Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who’s seeking a second term. Beshear had no primary opposition.

“In the urban areas, because of the media coverage, I think President Williams has a challenge there – probably more so than the rural areas. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out,” Stumbo said.

But Hoover doesn’t believe there’s necessarily an urban/rural split. What concerns him most is voter turnout. He says Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, must get more voters to the polls in November.

“I think if they work on the turnout, they can prevail in the fall,” Hoover said.

Turnout for the primary was just over 10 percent. The worst primary turnout on record in Kentucky was 6.4% in 1999. That year, Democratic Gov. Paul Patton went on to win re-election over a weak Republican nominee.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.