James Comer

Adam Elliott

While Democrat Sam Gaskins is running unopposed in the race to represent Kentucky's 1st Congressional District, Republican voters will choose between three candidates in the May 17 primary. Rep. Ed Whitfield, an 11-term incumbent, is retiring.

John Null spoke with those Republican candidates this week, including Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts. To hear the conversation with Whitfield's former field director, Mike Pape, click here. For former Kentucky agriculture commissioner James Comer's interview, click here.

Mike Pape for Congress, via Facebook

With 11-term U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield retiring, three Republican candidates are vying for their party's nomination to represent Kentucky's 1st Congressional District - including Whitfield's longtime field director, Mike Pape.

John Null spoke with Pape as part of a series of interviews with the Republican candidates ahead of the May 17 primary. Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts' interview will air Friday on WKMS. For James Comer's interview, click here. Democrat Sam Gaskins is running unopposed.

Comer for Congress, via Facebook

Three Republican candidates are raising a lot of money and trading barbs in the race to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield, while on the Democratic side, Sam Gaskins of Hopkinsville is running unopposed.

John Null spoke with the Republican candidates ahead of the May 17 primary, including former state agriculture commissioner and gubernatorial candidate James Comer. Interviews with Mike Pape and Jason Batts will air Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Comer for Congress, via Facebook

Republican candidate for Congress James Comer has received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement in his bid to succeed retiring 1st District Representative Ed Whitfield.

Batts, Comer: Candidates' Facebook pages/Pape: Pape for Congress

The latest quarterly fundraising report shows Republican James Comer with a large fundraising advantage in Kentucky's 1st District Congressional race.

John Null/WKMS

Over the weekend, five of the six candidates running to succeed retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield as the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District took part in a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in Murray.


Comer for Congress Campaign

The National Rifle Association endorses Comer for Congress. Republican First Congressional District Candidate James Comer says the support is “the biggest and most coveted endorsement in the entire race.”

Batts, Comer: Candidates' Facebook pages/Pape: Pape for Congress

The three Republican candidates vying to replace Kentucky’s retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield are of one voice when it comes to Syrian refugees: They say they shouldn’t be allowed in the United States, regardless of vetting.

Kentucky County Judge/Executive Assoc.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway’s campaign team is trumpeting the support of several Republicans who have endorsed him instead of their party's nominee, Matt Bevin.

The new wave of "Republicans for Conway" comes a month after the first group, which included Monroe County judge-executive Tommy Willett.

Jacob Ryan/WFPL

  Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to attend a “unity rally” Saturday in Lexington intended to show solidarity with the party, and to mend wounds caused by the contentious—and not yet settled—gubernatorial primary race.

But the rally has several potential points of tension, Kentucky political observers say.

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