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    Continuing in my quest to bring a little more Kentucky to the Kos, I wanted to do a post exploring the Senate race for the soon retiring Jim Bunning's seat in the Senate.

In my last Diary entry, I showed you the two most prominent Republican candidates dueling it out in ads over which of the other was more "pro-Obama" or "pro-Clinton" and which is more "pro-coal".

This time, I want to Focus on the Democratic candidates running in the primaries which are coming up. For a complete listing of all the candidates, you can look HERE.

Here are the Democratic candidates:

  1. Jack Conway.
  1. Daniel Mongiardo.
  1. Darlene Fitzgarald.
  1. Maurice Sweeney.
  1. James Buckmaster.

So you can see what they are about. Mongiardo is on board for health reform, but is critical of the current legislation due to costs. Buckmaster is a conservadem nightmare. Both Mongiardo and Conway came out criticizing Bunning's latest blocking of unemployment benefits. And honestly, their names are the two currently best known throughout the state that I have found. Furthermore recent polling shows Mongiardo ahead of Conway, with the Republican candidates still leading.

But I think Bunning's bad behavior can be a plus.

I'll keep you guys updated to interesting developments that catch my eye.

Final Note: Besides whatever contributions or friend adds you make regarding the candidates above to your myspace or facebook or whatever, also consider helping with our local "unseat Hal Rogers (R-Ky, 5th Congressional) in support of a more progressive democratic candidate Jim Holbert, also facing primaries Here on May 18th. Any contributions are appreciated.

Originally posted to EastKYprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:03 AM PST.

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Could Jim Bunning's Seat Go Dem?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

    by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:03:23 AM PST

  •  You LIE! (0+ / 0-)

    "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by markstevens7139 on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:21:12 AM PST

  •  I think its better we write off Kentucky (0+ / 0-)

    Are there even Dems there?

    •  Yea, Mostly Democrats. (4+ / 0-)

      According to Secretary of State Voter Registration Records...

                 

      ...Republicans and "others" also increased their percentages of the Kentucky voter rolls as they now comprise 36.55% and 6.39% of Kentucky voters, respectively.  That is an increase of .04% for both classifications since the Primary election.  Democrats saw their percentage decrease from 57.14% of the voter rolls in May to 57.05% for the upcoming election...

      The problem is, most people outside Kentucky have that kind of Philosophy, "why bother with Kentucky". And that lack of attempt, creates a disenchantment with the system that keeps them home instead of voting.

      A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

      by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:41:16 AM PST

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      •  Do they vote Dem nationally or just locally? (2+ / 0-)
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        HudsonValleyMark, thethinveil

        Cause that's a problem of American mentality... they want the free stuff but the rest can go to hell.

        •  Varies, The problem (1+ / 0-)
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          is there is a high degree of religious fundamentalism in areas, and nationally they think "gay marriage, abortion, ect". Locally, mostly dems win in county stuff, especially here in the SE part of the state. Here there is also the issue of coal, many think it is all but sacred in itself and cannot be harmed without destroying the local economy. Environmental issues are a no-go here usually, because they see that as a threat to local economy.

          A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

          by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:59:39 AM PST

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      •  Dem performance is not as good, (2+ / 0-)
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        I think 48% of voters in 2008 exit polls identified as Democrats.

        "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

        by James Allen on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 02:29:30 AM PST

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        •  Sure, because of various factors (3+ / 0-)

          Part of which I believe had to do with some degree of racism. Some has to do with the fearmongering that Democrats want to kill coal without giving anything to replace it for the region as far as employment opportunities of nearly the same pay range.

          This is a economically poor region. Democratic candidates from here never do well as far as contributions because of that, and as you know it plays a big role.

          With effort though, they could be rallied to bring it on election day.Give them reason to show, something to get out there for, half the time people haven't even HEARD of the candidates.

          Bunning's recent behavior isn't helpful for the Republican candidates, especially with none of them to my knowledge condemning him for it. Republicans will be poking sticks at every weak spot in the republican party. We should make them at least have to play defensive as well, and I do believe there could be a chance here.

          A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

          by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 02:36:32 AM PST

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          •  yeah, looks like some region-culture-race (1+ / 0-)
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            When I say "looks like," what I mean is that I'm looking at some past election data with basically zero first-hand knowledge of Kentucky. Full disclosure. :)

            What I see is that KY flipped from the mostly-Dem category to the mostly-Rep column in the 50s and, especially, the 60s, but Carter and Clinton both did well there. (Carter won it the first time and came close the second. Clinton won it both times, with some help from Perot.) Gore, not so much.

            According to the final 2008 exit poll, of the 21% of all voters who were Democrats and said they preferred Hillary Clinton to Obama, 45% of them voted for McCain. No way of knowing how many of those Hillary could have held, but it suggests that she would have been more competitive in Kentucky. I don't know if there is other evidence on that point.

            It isn't just race: Gore, Kerry, and Obama all got thumped by similar margins. But race surely played a role in that southern move to the Republican Party in presidential races.

    •  Not, it's purple (0+ / 0-)

      people here are myopic when it's comes to politics and geography

  •  Conway could be a pretty decent Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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    senator, and he can win.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

    by James Allen on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 02:34:04 AM PST

  •  sweeny sounds like the only progressive, (1+ / 0-)
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    while that last guy sounds like a Republican with the exception of campaign finance and fair trade.

    The first two seem like serious challengers at least they have the website.  The third needs a website developer. And help with messaging. Badly. You can't really tell what the first two stand for really its all wishy-washy marketing. Pretty sure that they aren't for the public option, single payer or any kind of medicare like solution, at least they make no indication in writing.

    "What is the robbing of a Bank compared to the FOUNDING of a Bank?" Bertolt Brecht

    by thethinveil on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 04:15:43 AM PST

    •  Sweeny is the only one (1+ / 0-)
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      of the Senate Dem potentials that mentioned the Public option on his website that I could find. Conway has an audio on his that you can hear and frankly he didn't sound that informed on what the legislation proposed was about. Mongiardo, while a doctor and while admitting reforms are needed, sounds like one of the conservadems on the issue.

      For the Republicans, it really will be between Trey and Rand. Trey is better known, and our secretary of state so he is over our elections. Dare I say it won't be a "give me" for Rand.

      A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

      by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 04:22:42 AM PST

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