Lexington, KY – Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford must excite grassroots Democrats in Kentucky to beat incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, according to Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
"If [Lunsford] can energize grassroots Democrats to be for him, then he does have a chance to beat Mitch McConnell, because we've got a very bad national mood, and a bad imcumbent mood," Cross said.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky voter turnout may reach a record high in November, based on promising turnout from the May Kentucky presidential primary, according to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
In the May election, 32 percent of voters cast a ballot, compared to 14 percent in 2004. Franklin County had the highest voter turnout at nearly 55 percent.
Statewide, 43 percent of Democrats, almost 20 percent of Republicans, and 4 percent of independents turned out to vote in May.
Lexington, KY – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has a number of potential VP picks, including some female candidates that may appeal to the women's vote, according to Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky, speaking on WUKY radio on Wednesday.
Lexington, KY – Following Tuesday night's presidential primary in Kentucky, bluegrass state democrats have stated loudly and clearly their support for Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama's Tuesday night victory across the country in Oregon, however, has put the Illinois senator in the driver's seat in the final weeks of the primary season.
"He's obviously the odds-on favorite, but there are more primaries," said WUKY political reporter Ken Kurtz.
Louisville, KY – Both Democratic presidential candidates have offered their opinions on one of Kentucky's abundant resources: coal. Both champion clean coal. But, as Kentucky Public Radio's Kristin Espeland reports from partner-station WFPL in Louisville, there may not be much to champion, yet.
Louisville, KY – A waning economy, the war in Iraq and health care have been big issues in this year's presidential primary campaigns. Policies on the arts also have made their way into some candidates' platforms. This development is part of a concerted national effort. Kentucky Public Radio's Elizabeth Kramer reports from partner-station WFPL in Louisville.
Lexington, KY – On the eve of Kentucky's primary, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband jointly made their case why she should be the one to face Republican John McCain in the general election.
Lexington, KY – Michelle Obama made campaign stops in several Kentucky towns the night before the state's primary election. Her husband, presidential candidate Barack Obama, campaigned little in Kentucky, choosing instead to concentrate on winning in Oregon, which also votes on Tuesday.
During a rally last night at her husband's Lexington campaign office, Michelle Obama told some 250 volunteers they could make history in a matter of hours.