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Kentucky's 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield has endorsed his longtime field director Michael Pape to succeed him next year.  

Whitfield announced last month he would not seek a 12th term in Washington. 

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 Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is joining a growing field of Republican candidates seeking the first district congressional seat of retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield. Comer went public with his intentions today.

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Campaign finance records filed last week reveal a late burst of six-figure donations to James Comer in his unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for Kentucky governor last month, with similar sums going to a political organization aiming to defeat the eventual primary winner, Matt Bevin.

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County clerks across Kentucky will be double checking vote totals tomorrow\today in a statewide recanvass requested by two Republicans.  

Gubernatorial candidate James Comer is seeking a recanvass after losing to Matt Bevin by 83 votes in last Tuesday’s primary.  Richard Heath lost to Ryan Quarles by just over 14-hundred votes in the race for the GOP nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.  While Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes plans to announce the outcomes of the recanvass tomorrow\today, she says the winners will still be unofficial until next month.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a recanvass after he lost last night's primary to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes. 

Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count, because it's almost entirely electronic.

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Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tag-teamed attacks against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner on Wednesday during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates.

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Three Republicans and one Democrat have raised more than $1 million in this year’s race for governor in advance of the May 19 primary election.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says if he’s elected governor he’d essentially offer Kentucky students a $20,000 degree to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville if they can graduate in four years and then stay in the state.

Comer, who is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, on Thursday unveiled the education plank of his campaign.

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Money supporting Kentucky gubernatorial candidates from outside their campaigns will play a role in this year’s primary—a new development for the state.

The spending from political action committees on the state-level election means voters may see differences compared to Kentucky’s last governor’s race, a political experts says.

One potential change: more negative ads.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jamie Comer says he wants Kentuckians off Medicaid and onto private insurance.