Kentucky’s GOP Gubernatorial Primary Results in Chaos – No Clear Victor

Kentucky’s GOP primary race saw Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin squaring off against the establishment GOP candidate James Comer who was backed by big Super PACs from the Koch brother and Karl Rove. The results were a close three-way split of the vote that saw neither candidate come close to winning 50% of votes cast. The top two candidates, Bevin and Comer, took 33% of the vote with the former coming out ahead by a mere 83 votes. This has forced the elections commission to re-canvass votes IE recount. It will be some time before the re-canvass concludes and a victor is declared.

For his part, Bevin claimed the nomination. If the re-canvass effort bears that out, it will mark a stunning political comeback from the man who hoped to unset Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last year. The primary race against McConnell was bitter. In the end, McConnell handily defeated him. Apparently, the acrimony continued because the gubernatorial primary battle became intensely negative. As the establishment candidate, Comer was leading in the polls. However, allegations by a Louisville city councilman that Comer as guilty of domestic abuse put him on the defensive. Homejoy believes it may have attributed to Bevin’s late surge and possible victory. Comer has said that if he loses the race to Bevin, he will get behind him for the sake of party unity. Democrats look poised to win the state’s governorship. They believe the rancorous GOP primary will play to their benefit in the general election.

Scott Walker Takes Early Lead in GOP Iowa Primary

In the first official poll of the GOP nomination for President, the queue that is being set is surprising to many political tacticians. Scott Walker Takes Early Lead In Iowa Primary

The Iowa Republican caucus is the first primary contest for the GOP and early polling shows that Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker is the early leader. While Walker’s early lead is a surprise to Paul Mathieson, the real surprise is the rest of the queue of candidates. The same poll finds that United States Senator Marco Rubio, (Florida), in a virtual tie for second with fellow United States Senator Ted Cruz (Texas). Walker leads with 21 percent of Iowa caucus members while Rubio and Cruz collect 13 percent and 12 percent respectively.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is nestled in the middle of the pack at 11 percent and is followed by noted neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was at a meager 5 percent. No other candidate was above 3 percent.

Jeb Bush seems to be losing the most political capital. Even though he has yet to formally announce his candidacy Jeb Bush seems to be losing more points as each new candidate enters the GOP race. Bush has lost five points in the same poll released in February and his negatives are increasing as well. Bush leads New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the person that Iowa caucus goers will absolutely not vote for 25 percent to 20 percent.