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Webb-Edgington Says She’ll Prevail in 4th District Race Despite Money Disadvantage

One candidate in the GOP primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat is shaking off a disappointing fundraising report.

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington was at one point considered the favorite in the crowded field, due to her party connections and early support.

But in recent reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Webb-Edgington has fallen behind two other candidates, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie. Both raised more than $200,000.

Webb-Edgington raised $116,000. She says the financial disadvantage doesn’t mean she’s out of the race.

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Webb-Edgington Unveils First Ad

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, has launched her first television ad in the GOP primary race for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district seat.

The 30-second commercial plays up Webb-Edgington’s experience in law enforcement as a state trooper and calls out Republicans and Democrats for not being tough on cutting government spending. The two-term state lawmaker talks about arresting drug traffickers and child predators while working undercover.

“As a Kentucky state trooper I went undercover to bust drug dealers and child predators, and I hauled in some pretty dangerous characters on the highway too. After fighting real criminals these guys in Washington don’t scare me one bit,” she says.

Check it out:

Webb-Edgington is one of seven Republicans vying to replace outgoing Congressman Geoff Davis, who is retiring. The ad noticeably neglects to mention Webb-Edgington’s experience as a state lawmaker, which has been a source of criticism as of late.

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Democrats Confident About Chances to Win Davis’s Seat

Kentucky Democrats are confident they can win retiring Republican Congressman Geoff Davis’s seat and plan to field a candidate to run next year.

The last Democrat to hold Kentucky 4th congressional district was Ken Lucas, who stepped down due to a self-imposed term limit in 2004. There more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, but voters have traditionally elected Republicans.

Campbell County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Whalen says because it’s an open seat the party has a chance, which will help Democrats in their efforts win back control the House in 2012.

“It’s as important as any other congressional seat. Obviously, it will make a difference if the Democrats retake Congress, also it will strengthen our situation here statewide in Kentucky and perhaps it would even help elect some more Democrats to the legislature,” he says.

Republican state State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington announced Monday she is running in the GOP primary. According to CN/2 Pure Politics, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore is also throwing his name into the Republican field.

Candidates being rumored are former party vice chairman Nathan Smith of Fort Mitchell, longtime Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin and Kentucky Women’s Network President Linda Klembara of Fort Thomas.

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Congressman Davis Will Not Seek Re-Election Next Year

In a message to supporters on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., announced he will forgo re-election in 2012 because he wants to devote more time to his family.

The retirement will leave Kentucky’s 4th congressional district vacant for next year’s election.

From Davis:

I have been blessed with an exceptionally competent staff who have helped thousands of Kentuckians over the years.

Moreover, together we have passed critical pieces of legislation and enacted laws to reform our government, strengthen our national security, protect our veterans and service members, create economic revival and energy independence, and improve transparency and accountability of the government.

For most of the year, the conservative Republican has championed the REINS Act, a bill he sponsored to cut red tape that recently passed the House