lincoln reagan dinner

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The political stakes are high in the upcoming midterm elections and Republicans in west Kentucky are preparing for a challenge as Democrats are looking to regain control as federal and state levels. The GOP also sees an opportunity in sharing recent accomplishments paired with conservative values to flip the last two Democratic state House seats in far west Kentucky and to gain further control over a region where Democratic support was once strong but has eroded over the past decades. This message and these goals were made clear during the West Kentucky Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Saturday night in Murray, where Wyoming Representative-at-Large Liz Cheney delivered the keynote, followed by Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, regional candidates and others.

Earlier this month, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day spoke in Murray at the Purchase and Lakes Area Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.  She rallied the party in advance of Kentucky’s May 22nd GOP primary.  Before Day arrived, Chad Lampe spoke with her by phone about her message for Commonwealth Republicans and about the rise in profile of smaller GOP primaries, like Kentucky, in light of a bruising presidential nominating contest.