Hampton says she wants to run with Bevin for re-election

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s lieutenant governor says she wants to be Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s running mate but said the decision is his to make.

Jenean Hampton made history as Kentucky’s first African-American elected to statewide office in 2015 as Bevin’s running mate. Bevin has said he will seek a second term in November. But he has yet to file for the race and he has not said whether Hampton will be his running mate.

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Hampton told the Bowling Green Daily News in an exclusive interview she believes she has done a “fantastic job” and would be “a shoo-in.” The newspaper reported Hampton was disappointed to be in this tenuous position, adding it is the governor’s call and she is waiting for him to decide.