LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The feud between Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear began long before Tuesday’s primary.
ABC 36 political analyst Stephen Voss says both men have a lot of work to do.
“Governor Bevin barely got a majority of the Republican vote in his primary, which is very weak for a sitting governor. Beshear got only 40% of the support in his party, he’s got roughly a third of his party to his left, a third of his party to his right, and he somehow has to pull that party together to form a party coalition,” said Voss.
ABC 36 asked Attorney General Beshear how he plans to win over the rural voters who cost his party the governor’s mansion four years ago.
“We got them to vote for Andy Beshear in 2015 when we won in a very difficult environment,” Beshear said during a phone interview. “They’ve seen far too many people lost to this opiod epidemic, and they know that I’ve sued more opiod manufacturers and distributors then any other attorney general in the country.”
Governor Bevin told reporters on election night he plans on earning back the same voters who got him elected, but isn’t taking anything for granted.
“While I am confident that we will win, because the market difference is going to be so obvious to people. In no way, shape or form is that a given,” said Bevin.
Bevin’s running mate, State Senator Ralph Alvarado, believes their message of continued progress is a key to victory.
“I think we’re all tired of Kentucky always being at the bottom five of all categories. We’re ready to be top five when it comes to economic opportunities, with engineering, with manufacturing jobs, to have people want to come to this state and move into this state and we’re ready for that,” said Alvarado.