Kentucky gubernatorial candidates take to airwaves as primary gets closer

Kentucky’s gubernatorial primaries are less than two months away, and candidates have begun releasing advertisements on television and YouTube.
 
Four candidates are running in each party’s primary. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is seeking re-election, although he is running in 2019 with a different running mate than his current lieutenant governor.
 
Democrat Adam Edelen aired his first campaign ad on March 17 during the finals of the men’s Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. In it, Edelen said he was the only candidate not taking money from corporate PACs, and discussed increasing wages, expanding healthcare, and creating renewable energy jobs.
 
Republican Robert Goforth released a campaign ad titled “Roots” on March 20. The ad highlights Goforth’s upbringing in Kentucky, and features a clip of the candidate telling citizens that “it’s time we have a governor from Kentucky and Main Street.”
 
Kentucky is one of three states (Louisiana and Mississippi are the others) holding a gubernatorial election in 2019. It is currently one of 22 Republican state government trifectas.
 
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