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Comer: 2012 is a good year to be a Kentucky Republican

In the 2011 election, James Comer was the exception, winning the race for agriculture commissioner while most of his Republican compatriots fell in their statewide races.

As a steady rhythm of cheers fills the ballroom at Marriott Griffin Gate, Comer says 2012 is, “a good year to be a Republican in Kentucky.

“We wanted to be the first state to put Romney over, and we were, and hopefully we sent a message to Washington about how Kentucky feels and how farmers feel about the excessive regulatory policies of Obama.”

Comer says he hopes state house races will send a similar message to Frankfort, “that we want Kentucky to be competitive with our surrounding states, and we’re not. We’ve seen what happened in Indiana and Tennessee. They’ve gone Republican in their general assemblies, they’ve been able to attract business at a much faster rate than Kentucky.”

But, if Republicans grab the legislature, Comer said, “we have to deliver.”

Kentucky Republicans react to Andy Barr’s win

Here are some reactions to Andy Barr’s win in the 6th District congressional race over incumbent Ben Chandler.

State Rep. Stan Lee, 45th Dist.

“I’m excited for this district. I’m excited for Andy. He’s worked hard for four years. Representative Chandler has served long enough, and the people made a clear decision. It wasn’t even close this time.

“I think, as much as anything, it’s a repudiation of the president and the president’s policies. Rep. Chandler agreed with the president way too much and the people here didn’t care for it. That’s the bottom line.”

Asked what keys to Barr’s victory were, Lee said, “He worked hard, and I know some people will find this hard to believe, but he ran a more positive campaign. Andy embraced the energy issue, which was very important.”

GOP officials see a long night ahead

While talking about the prospects for Kentucky Republicans, state party chair Steve Roberts keeps craning his neck over to look at results rolling across the bottom of the two large screen televisions in the ballroom of the Marriott Griffin Gate.

In the 6th Congressional District race between incumbent Ben Chandler and Andy Barr, Roberts says the key is counties outside of Fayette.

“I think Andy Barr’s issues play really well in those counties,” Roberts says.

Like the 2010 6th district contest, Roberts predicts “a long night,” defining long as “a couple hours.”

Like State Rep. Stan Lee, Roberts says Western Kentucky counties are the key to Republicans grabbing a majority in the State House.

As Roberts talks, a cheer goes up in the ballroom as NBC announces Mitt Romney has won Kentucky’s electoral votes.

Stan Lee: ‘We’re going to have a big night.’

Stan Lee, 45 District Rep. in the Kentucky state house, doesn’t have to sweat out his own race, holding a more than 30-point lead over his nearest of two challengers. But what he is really looking for is if Republicans can take a majority in the House. “This is the year, I hope it’s the […]

Secretary of State-elect Alison Lundergan Grimes

Secretary of State-elect Alison Ludergan Grimes made numerous references to her grandmothers Thelma Lundergan McHugh and Elsie Crawford Case, who were seated next to her, during her victory speech Tuesday night.

McHugh and Case starred in Grimes’ hugely popular campaign commercial, and in her speech, the secretary of state elect promised to make them proud of her.

“Grandmothers, I promise as secretary of state, we will continue to be about all Kentuckians,” Grimes said in an assertive address.

Re-elected Attorney General Jack Conway

Attorney General Jack Conway, who lost a bitter 2010 U.S. Senate race to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, took the stage at the Frankfort Convention Center to the pounding beat of Chumbawumba’s Tubthumper – “I get knocked down, but I get up again … ”

Conway derided attempts to frame the attorney general race into a national race and said Kentucky voters saw what it means to be a state attorney general.

“You watch what Steve Beshear and I are about to do together!” Conway said, highlighting plans to ramp up a fight against illegal prescription pill distribution.

Conway touted his office as an advocate for Kentuckians against oil, gas and pharmaceutical companies and said, “a lot of people have wanted to write my political obituary … But rumors of my demise are woefully premature.”

Auditor-elect Adam Edelen

Introduced by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and with his predecessor Crit Luallen on stage, auditor-elect Adam Edelen was the first Democrat to deliver a victory speech Tuesday night.

Edelen started by saying Luallen’s early endorsement was a key to him not having a primary challenger, and he called her, “the gold-standard of public service in Kentucky.”

Edelen continued, “I won’t let her down, and I won’t let you down either.” Citing his own humble roots, he said, “as long as I’m in public life, my work will be to make sure we capitalize on human potential.”

Democrats are hanging tight in Frankfort waiting for more results while listening to Tom Petty and the Beatles.

Conway – national Democrats vs. KY Democrats

It was just a year ago Attorney General Jack Conway experienced Kentuckians’ preference for Republicans over Democrats in Federal elections when he lost to Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate race.

While noting his re-election race against Republican challenger Todd P’Pool is not decided, he said Democrats were doing better in Statewide races this fall because Kentuckians, “can walk and chew gum at the same time” and recognize a difference between national Democrats and Kentucky Democrats.

Conway said he was proud of his re-election campaign and that he had not, “run a single negative ad,” and focused on his record, “that merits re-election.”

Abramson: It’s not over ’til it’s over

Former Louisville mayor and Lt. Gov. Candidate Jerry Abramson was the first to whisk into the Frankfort Convention Center, where Democrats are awaiting results.

In a casual round of interviews, he sounded an optimistic tone but cautioned that despite he and Gov. Steve Beshear’s healthy lead in polls, “it isn’t over ’til it’s over.”

Abramson did express disappointment in the low turnout Tuesday saying people in countries around the world fight and die for the right to vote.

After many Louisville mayoral races, Abramson said he enjoyed getting out into the Commonwealth and “discovering that we’re not all that different.”

A few more words from Sen. Elect Paul

After his victory speech Tuesday night in Bowling Green, U.S. Sen. Elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went down a line of national and local broadcast media interviews and, with his voice starting to fail, took a few minutes to talk to some print journalists. Here are a few of his comments from that fast chat: Asked […]