1st District

Comer for Congress, via Facebook

Republicans in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District have nominated James Comer for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. 

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Republicans are ready to nominate their candidate for a special election to replace Congressman Ed Whitfield. The GOP meets Tuesday night at the Simpson County Courthouse, where they’re expected to nominate James Comer.

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is already on the November ballot, as he seeks a full two-year term in the U.S. House. Whitfield announced last week he was resigning, about a year after he said he wouldn’t seek re-election to another term.

Images via candidates' Facebook pages

The latest fundraising totals in the race to become the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District show Republican James Comer with a large lead over his Democratic opponent, Sam Gaskins.


Kentucky Republicans voted for their presidential nominee in a caucus two months ago. While Donald Trump led the state, Ted Cruz carried most of western Kentucky. 

Sam Gaskins for Congress, via Facebook

Citing health reasons, Paducah attorney Tom Osborne has dropped out of the race to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield.

Osborne’s move makes it all but certain that Hopkinsville Army veteran Sam Gaskins will receive the Democratic nomination, as the only remaining party candidate in May’s primary.

Hatchett for Congress

Charles Hatchett has won his third consecutive Democratic primary in the race for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District. Hatchett defeated 25 year-old Murray State student and employee Wesley Bolin 55.23 percent to 44.77.  

Whitfield vs Hatchett for Congressional Seat

Sep 23, 2012

Benton Kentucky’s Charles Hatchett ran against Ed Whitfield in 2010 for Kentucky’s 1st District seat in the House of Representatives. After only receiving 29 percent of the vote in that contest, he’s challenging the Congressman again, believing that the district needs a blue-collar representative to voice the concerns of the people. But, beating an incumbent isn’t easy—especially one that has held a Congressional seat since 1994. Casey Northcutt explores the difficulties Hatchett and other challengers like him face in political races.