4 Republicans vying for Kentucky’s open congressional seat


HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) – Four Republicans are vying for the only open seat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation this year.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield is retiring after 21 years in Kentucky’s sprawling 1st Congressional District that includes all of far western Kentucky and portions of central Kentucky.

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Former state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is running a traditional campaign, touting his experience and endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and the Tea Party Express.

Former Whitfield aide Michael Pape is focusing on border security. He has run TV ads embracing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump while also appealing to voters who supported former candidate Ted Cruz.

Other candidates in Tuesday’s race include Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts and military veteran Miles A. Caughey Jr. The winner will face Democrat Sam Gaskins in November.


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