After Senate failure, Bevin returns with strong primary bid

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — About this time last year, Matt Bevin had a campaign rally where no one showed up.

The Louisville businessman was running against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary, where he raised millions of dollars but was undone by a series of missteps that included speaking at a pro-cockfighting rally. But Thursday, Bevin had no trouble attracting a crowd of about 50 people on a workday at a Lexington park now that he is among the front-runners for the Republican nomination for governor.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who has never held public office and whose political life was left for dead. University of Kentucky political science professor Stephen Voss said Bevin has been able to stay in the race by avoiding the contentious campaigning between candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner.

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