Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Election Will Test Democrats’ Survival Strategies


Kraft will take on Cameron, McConnell’s protégé who has already secured Trump’s endorsement. His Agriculture Commissioner, Ryan Quarles, has a large network of supporters across the state. And so far at least eight.

Kraft was immediately endorsed by Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee. It’s likely that you’ll spend millions of dollars trying to convince them that you care about them.” Kraft and her husband have donated generously to Republican candidates and committees over the years.

Just before the holidays, circles in Kentucky were buzzing about the decision to drop far-right legislator Savannah Maddox from the race. With Beshear defeated in 2019, some thought former Gov. Matt Bevin, who occupies a similar “free” lane in Kentucky’s Republican politics, might jump in.

Cameron burst onto the national scene in 2020 and garnered rave reviews from Republicans. Delivered a sharp attack on Democrats and Biden — tying them to what he cast as the excesses of the social justice protests that swept the country after the police killing of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Cameron, who is black, said at the time, “The politics of identity, cancellation and mob rule are unacceptable to me. Republicans trust you to think for yourself and pursue your own American dream however you choose.” doing.”

Some thought Cameron might wait until McConnell retired to become a senator, but he jumped into the gubernatorial race instead. He has used his position as Attorney General to draw a sharp contrast between Beshear and abortion rights and the pandemic.

But Trump’s endorsement of Cameron didn’t scare Kraft, who already raises more money than anyone else in the space. According to initial reports filed with the Kentucky Campaign Funds Registry, Cameron raised just over $400,000 of hers, while she earned more than her share during her three months that ended Sept. 30. has raised just over $750,000. (Beshear raised more than her $1 million.)

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