Comer Nominated for Special Election

Sep 7, 2016

Republicans in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District have nominated James Comer for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

The GOP held a nominating meeting in Franklin Tuesday night.

Whitfield announced his resignation last week, about one year after announcing he would not seek re-election this year.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesady called a special election for Nov. 8 to elect someone to fulfill the remainder of Whitfield's term, which expires in January.

Comer is the former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner who's already on the Nov. 8 ballot as he seeks a full, two-year term in Congress.

He told WKU Public Radio he's confident whoever wins the full two-year term will join a House still in Republican control, even though as many as eight or ten seats may shift to the Democratic side.

He faces Democrat Sam Gaskins, who is likely to be the Democrats' nominee for the special election.