Beshear visits county for last-minute primary pitch

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer | awarren@messenger-inquirer.com Former Gov. Steve Beshear, second from left, helps campaign for his son, Andy Beshear, Democratic candidate for Governor, and his running mate for Lt. Gov., Jacqueline Coleman, right, on Monday at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn as they talk with Bobby Brown, left, Helen Jane Brown and Sue Mitchell.

Monday afternoon, Democratic candidate for governor Andy Beshear made a last effort to get Democrats to the polls for the Tuesday, May 21 primary, during a stop at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro.

The Moonlite visit was just one of a whirlwind of stops Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman made Monday. Beshear, the state's attorney general, was also joined by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.

"We're excited about tomorrow," Steve Beshear said. "From everything we can tell, Andy is going to win a big victory."

Beshear has a lot of competition in the primary. Also competing for the Democratic nomination are House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, former state Auditor Adam Edelen and Geoff Young, a former assistant director to the state's energy office.

The winner will face whoever comes out on top in the Republican primary, where incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin is facing challenges from Rep. Robert Goforth, Ike Lawrence of Lexington and William E. Woods, of Corinth.

Steve Beshear said polling conducted about 10 days ago had Andy Beshear with 40 percent support, compared to 23 percent for Adkins and 17 percent for Edelen. In their appearances in Owensboro, both Adkins and Edelen have also said they feel confident they can win the Democratic primary.

In his brief remarks, Andy Beshear said western Kentucky is part of his campaign focus and said he'd work for the western half of the state as governor.

"It's one day before primary election day, and let me tell you, this ticket is going to win in western Kentucky," Andy Beshear said. "I'll tell you what, every day I'm going to work to be a good western Kentucky governor."

If elected, Beshear said he would get a new I-69 bridge constructed across the Ohio River and said he would work for western Kentucky agriculture opportunities.

"This won't be the last time you see me here," Beshear said.

Coleman said, "We feel a lot of energy and excitement from people who appreciate the work Andy has done as attorney general, and they know he'll be a great governor for them, too.

"We've been very mindful of running an inclusive campaign that (includes) every corner of the commonwealth," Coleman said.

Andy Beshear said he is confident he can win the election in fall.

"People realize I'm the person who can beat Matt Bevin," Beshear said.

When asked if a Democrat could win in a state where Republican President Donald Trump has a high approval rating, Beshear said Republicans who support Trump do not also support Bevin.

"The general election will not be about right versus left, but right versus wrong," Beshear said. "... We are seeing lifelong Republican voters who are fed up with Matt Bevin. He's been a bully, and he's spent his time hurting Kentucky families."

Beshear urged supporters at the restaurant to help get the vote our for the campaign.

"I want you to spread the word," Beshear said. "We're one day out, and they are projecting a 12 percent turnout. That's miserable."

"I need you to make calls and knock on doors," Beshear said later. "I need you get every single person out."

James Mayse, 270-691-7303, jmayse@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @JamesMayse

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