Conway, Grimes Sail To Nominations

May 19, 2015

Attorney General Jack Conway has easily won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor.

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway addresses a group of supporters following his acceptance of his party's nomination Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Conway faced little opposition in Geoff Young, a former state engineer who did not raise money and was shunned by the state party. It was the first time in four decades that Kentucky Democrats have not fielded a competitive primary, allowing Conway to skip dozens of candidate forums and raise more than $2.3 million.

Conway will face a Republican nominee battered from a brutal primary campaign that will force him to spend much of his time replenishing nearly empty campaign coffers.

Democrats have won nine out of the last 10 elections for governor. But Republicans have made gains in voter registration and have had success by tying Kentucky Democrats to President Barack Obama, who remains deeply unpopular throughout the state.

Secretary of State Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes has easily defeated a little-known primary challenger as she seeks a second term as Kentucky's secretary of state.

Back on the ballot several months after losing her bid for the U.S. Senate, Grimes had no trouble fending off a challenge from Charles Lovett of Louisville, who didn't seek campaign donations.

Grimes faces Republican Steve Knipper of Independence in the November election.

She became one of Kentucky's best-known politicians in last year's high-profile Senate race. She lost to now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who turned the race into a referendum on President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in the state.

Kentucky's secretary of state oversees elections for public offices and the incorporation of businesses in Kentucky.