When Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced last year that he would not seek re-election, and will instead run for Lieutenant Governor in 2011, fourteen candidates sought to replace him. After primaries, endorsements and attrition, two active candidates remain—Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner.
Some national polls this election season have shown a sizeable enthusiasm gap. Democrats in many areas are less excited about voting than Republicans, and a high conservative turnout will likely push many GOP candidates to victory. But lately, some Democratic candidates have begun using the potential for Republican victory to rally the party faithful.
For the first time, Republican Hal Heiner has the lead in a poll of the Louisville mayor’s race.
The Bluegrass Poll shows Heiner with 51 percent of the vote, compared to Democratic candidate Greg Fischer’s 44 percent.
Dueling complaints over alleged improper endorsements in the Louisville mayor’s race are now being handled by the Kentucky State Police. Each party claims the rival party’s candidate violated the law by trading influence for support.
Early voter turnout is down in Kentucky. The drop could affect some high-profile races, if it spills over into Election Day.
Kentucky Republican US Senate candidate Rand Paul says he will keep his commitment to debate Democrat Jack Conway on statewide television Monday night. Paul, a Tea Party favorite, had threatened to pull out of the KET appearance in light of Conway’s much talked about “Aqua Buddha” ad.
The two candidates for Louisville Metro Mayor met for another debate Thursday, this time at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. The candidates spent several minutes discussing the politics of independent candidate Jackie Green’s decision to endorse Democrat Greg Fischer.
The chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky has asked Attorney General Jack Conway to investigate a recent endorsement in the Louisville Mayor’s race.
Republican candidate for mayor Hal Heiner is accusing Democratic rival Greg Fischer of trading a government department for a political endorsement. Heiner’s accusations come after independent Jackie Green withdrew from the race last week to endorse Fischer.
The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate debated at the University of Louisville Sunday night. It was one of the most contentious meetings yet between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul.