Edelen concedes in Democratic primary election


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on Kentucky’s primary election (all times local):

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Democrat Adam Edelen’s political comeback has come up short as the former state auditor has conceded in his run for the Democratic nomination for governor in Kentucky.

In his concession speech Tuesday evening, Edelen pitched his progressive ideas to the end. He talked about the need to build a modern state economy that includes creating renewable energy jobs in coal-producing Kentucky.

Edelen urged Democrats to rally around the party’s gubernatorial nominee, who will challenge Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Edelen, who ran attack ads against rival Andy Beshear in the gubernatorial primary, described the primary squabbles as “family differences.” Edelen says Bevin and his “radical cohort” will bring Democrats together.

Edelen’s political rise took a sudden fall four years ago when he lost his reelection bid for state auditor.