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State GOP Turning to Young Activists To Help With State House Races

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With less than a month to go before Election Day, the GOP has turned to their College Republican and Young Republican chapters to help push them over the top.

James Young is vice-chair of the statewide Young Republicans group. And he says his members are fanning out statewide to become the de facto campaign staff in state House races. When we say adopt we are going to absorb a lot of the responsibilities, you know some of these House candidates, they don'?t have full blown staff.? he says.

So with help from the Republican Party of Kentucky, local chapters are adopting competitive House races to become that campaign staff. The chapters are sending their members halfway across the state in some instances, with Louisville chapter members being sent to Western Kentucky to help with four competitive races down there.   

Young says this first-time move shows that the youth vote isn'?t solely in the Democrats corner. And that his peers will be the difference this fall.

?The Young Republicans have begun to make and are going to push the state Republican caucus to a majority in November,? he says.

House Republicans need to win a net of 10 seats in order to control the chamber.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.
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