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Incumbents Lead Fundraising in Local House Races

Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

According to recent postings on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website, local state Representatives running for re-election this year are out-fundraising their opponents by a mostly wide margin.

One exception is in the 1st District House race where incumbent Republican Steven Rudy has raised nearly $37,000, but his challenger - Democrat Michael Murphy - is close, with more than $34,000 raised.

Rep. Jeff Taylor of Hopkinsville leads all local House candidates with more than $67,000 raised. His opponent, Republican Walker Thomas, has raised less than $14,000.

In the 5th District race, Representative Kenny Imes has raised nearly $60,000, while Democrat David Ramey has raised around $19,000.

Rep. Richard Heath of Mayfield has raised more than $32,000 in his bid for a third term in Frankfort, while Democratic challenger Jesse Wright has raised just under $12,000.

Republican Paula Robinson, who is running against state Rep. Will Coursey in the 6th District, has netted just over $6,300. Coursey has more than $47,000 on hand according to an October 7 posting.

Democrat Gerald Watkins of Paducah has raised more than $41,000 in his re-election bid. Watkins' opponent, Republican Joni Hogancamp, did not yet have an updated posting on the KREF website, as of Thursday afternoon.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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