October 15th, 2009
05:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Democratic Senate primary heats up in Kentucky

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WASHINGTON (CNN)– Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Thursday that his campaign has raised more than $2 million so far this year for his U.S. Senate bid.

Conway is one of four Democratic candidates and five Republican candidates vying to fill Republican Sen. Jim Bunning's seat when he retires in 2010.

In a statement announcing their numbers, Conway's campaign claimed a two-to-one money advantage over their main Democratic primary opponent - Kentucky Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo - but did not provide a breakdown of how much their campaign raised during the most recent fundraising period.

"Mongiardo still has not raised in nine months what the Conway campaign collected in the first nine weeks," the statement read.

According to Mongiardo's team, their campaign has raised $1.25 million so far and just concluded their "best" quarter, raising $515,000 over the last three months.

"We have outraised Jack Conway prior to this quarter, and we have outraised him in Kentucky," Mongiardo's spokesman Kim Geveden told CNN, claiming the majority of Conway's donors are from out of state.

"Daniel Mongiardo's campaign of Kentuckians, by Kentuckians and for Kentuckians stands in sharp contrast to Jack Conway's campaign for and by the silver spoon crowd in New York and Hollywood," Geveden added in an e-mail. He noted that Conway's announcement is "vague" because it does not provide details of how much the campaign raised in the third quarter.

Conway and Mongiardo are facing off against law student Darlene Fitzgerald Price and businessman Maurice Sweeney in the Democratic primary.

UPDATE: Conway campaign manager Charles Halloran said Conway has raised 80 percent of his money - over $1.5 million - from donors inside Kentucky. Halloran also pointed out that Conway has over $1.6 million on hand compared to Mongiardo's $751,000.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Yep, it's all about MONEY!

    Too bad....................

    October 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. No Fried Chicken

    Doesn't matter as still is a tobacco and "Red State". Burn that coal, Bubba!

    October 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Connie, Indiana

    Maybe Kentuckians will finally open their eyes, as to what is going on in this country. Start replacing some of these old white guys, and get some new ideas, and younger ideas in. Oh, and leave the abortion issue out of it...that agrument is getting old and older..time to take on the real problems of the country and Kentucky, same goes for Indiana.

    October 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Good luck and may the person who cares more about the people in Kentucky than their own political career win!!!

    We need more leaders that are FOR the people and NOT for themselves.

    October 15, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Marianne Skolek

    I'm sure AG Conway will have no problem raising money. He will be financed by Purdue Pharma, making of OxyContin. Any one having lost a family member or friend to death or addiction as a result of OxyContin should remember this when it comes time to vote. Conway took $50,000 from Purdue Pharma through their organization NADDI - a slap in every victim's face in Kentucky - especially since Kentucky is suing Purdue Pharma. Speaks volumes for Conway's character.

    October 15, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Randfan

    Kentuckians, if you wish to preserve your freedoms and liberties, you have one option and one option only. Don't be fooled by the rest of these career politicians. Rand Paul is the real deal! YOU MUST ELECT HIM!

    October 15, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    I sure hope the Democrats get elected in Kentucky. That is such a beautiful state (albeit a bit ignorant in the very southeastern sector – Harlan, etc). that it's a shame to have it controlled by the GOP. So much more could be developed in that state to help it's citizens with a couple of good democrats to replace turtle head (McConnell). He's such a dork, AND a blatant liar (DEATH PANELS, ANYBODY REMEMBER?).

    October 15, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Brad/San Diego

    It about time that the people in Kentucky wait up and vote the old white republicians out of office, and get some new ideas on how to help the counrty out.

    October 15, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Sam

    The Democratic Senate leadership should be focussing a lot of attention on Conway, who could very well be the future of the party. He's young (turned 40 last July), smart (Duke, GWU Law School) and a very popular liberal in a traditionally red state while serving as Attorney General. I don't live in KY but he would certainly have my vote and I see a lot of promise.

    October 15, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |

    I guess intolerance and insults against someones race is ok from the left. Liberals are phonies. A democrat will never win kentucky because the good people of kentucky are more intelligent then those on the so-called enlightened left.

    October 15, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Keith in Austin

    Democrats eating their own and the survivor will ultimately lose to a Republican. Hehehehe!

    October 15, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. m smith

    The reason the repos keep out raising everyone is because even though there are so few of them they have all the money. Thats why they don't want health reform or any green programs. It would cut into their cash from oil and insurance companys and what they save on their taxes.

    October 15, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |