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Kentucky: Foe’s ‘Aqua Buddha’ Ad Didn’t Hurt Paul

by Richard S. Cleary, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC

Republican Rand Paul came from a dead heat in the polls three weeks ago to handily beat the Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway in Tuesday’s election. Conway carried Louisville, Lexington, and a few pockets in eastern Kentucky, but he managed to carry little else in a poor state where Democrats enjoy a significant party registration.

Labor was strongly behind Conway (although not as much as his primary opponent), and most prognosticators believe the “Aqua Buddha” ad derailed any chance of a Conway victory.

Democrat John Yarmuth, an incumbent U.S. House representative from Louisville, scored a surprisingly easy victory over conservative Todd Lally. (Yarmuth was one of the few Democrats to tout his leadership on health care reform, the stimulus package, and financial reform.)

Ben Chandler, a moderate Democrat and the grandson of A.B. “Happy” Chandler (a former Kentucky governor and commissioner of Major League Baseball), held on to his Lexington-based congressional seat. Republicans swept all other congressional races in the state, and even in Louisville, the Democratic candidate for mayor barely escaped with a narrow win.

Richard S. Cleary is editor of Kentucky Employment Law Letter and an attorney with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC. He is based in the firm’s Louisville office and can be reached at (502) 587-3504.