GOPAC, a Republican state and local political training group based in Arlington, Va., is spending $100,000 for television ads — some featuring Gov. Matt Bevin — supporting four Republican Kentucky House candidates.
Republicans are trying to gain control of the state House for the first time since 1921. The Kentucky House, with 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans, is the last Democratic-controlled state legislative chamber in the South.
GOPAC’S ads are supporting GOP candidates in these four state House races:
▪ Republican incumbent Jim Gooch Jr. vs. Democrat Jim Townsend in the 12th District that includes Daviess, Hopkins, McLean and Webster counties.
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▪ Republican Jason Petrie vs. Democratic incumbent Martha Jane King in the 16th District that includes Todd and Logan counties.
▪ Republican Steve Riley vs. Democrat Danny J. Basil in the 23rd District that includes Barren and Warren counties. Democratic incumbent Johnny Bell did not seek re-election this year.
▪ Republican Phillip Pratt vs. Democratic incumbent Chuck Tackett in the 62nd District that includes Owen and parts of Scott and Fayette counties.