By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin stopped short Friday of pledging his support for his party’s nominee after Tuesday’s primary election but he said he has never supported a Democrat over a Republican.
“I see no chance of that starting any time in the foreseeable future, including in this race,” Bevin told reporters during a campaign bus stop Friday at the state Capitol.
Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson last month asked the party candidates to sign a unity pledge to support whoever wins the GOP nomination
The incumbent, Mitch McConnell, has signed the pledge but Bevin has not.
Asked Friday if he will support whoever wins the Republican primary on Tuesday, Bevin first said, “I have no reason not to support myself.”
Asked if McConnell wins, Bevin laughed and asked, “Who?”
He then said he always has supported Republicans over Democrats. He said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is expected to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, “does not represent who we are.”
A big question for the Nov. 4 general election is whether Bevin and his supporters would back McConnell.
Bevin, a Louisville businessman with some tea party backing, will face McConnell, who has held a double-digit lead in various polls.
Concerning the polls, Bevin said the only one that will count will be on Tuesday. He said he is concerned that voter turnout will be light but he believes his “passionate” supporters will show up at the polls.