1st District

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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.

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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.