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Will Ky. 1st District GOP Voter Turnout be Low?


Kentucky Republicans voted for their presidential nominee in a caucus two months ago. While Donald Trump led the state, Ted Cruz carried most of western Kentucky. 

Without either on the the ballot Tuesday, the four people hoping to be the Republican nominee for the state’s 1st Congressional District are without a guaranteed turnout machine. The seat is being vacated by retiring U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield.

The candidates in this contentious race are Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts, military veteran Miles Caughey Jr., former state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Whitfield aide Michael Pape.

The winner will face Democrat and Hopkinsville Army veteran Sam Gaskins in the general election.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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