Our Kentucky Tonight panel brought conviction, passion, and good-old fashion bias to the table in Studio A at KET Monday evening.
And they packed a few facts into their totes as well.
We invited Democrats David Tandy and Jennifer Moore along with Republicans John McCarthy and Nathan Haney to discuss the U.S. Senate race during the first portion of the program. We devoted the second half of the show to the competitive Kentucky State House contests that may determine whether Democrats maintain their majority in the lower chamber, or whether Republicans can win enough seats to gain full control of the General Assembly.
The conversation last night centered around “kitchen-table” issues, including pay equity and raising the minimum wage. Moore, who is founder of Emerge Kentucky, an organization that recruits and trains females to run as Democratic candidates for political office, said women are the key voting constituency in the state House races as well as the U.S. Senate contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
At the end of the show, I asked the panel for their predictions on the outcome of the U.S. Senate race. McCarthy gave McConnell the edge by 6 points; Haney gave the senior senator a 7-point victory.
Moore picked Grimes by 1.5 percent; Tandy said she would win by a single point.
It could be a long night of vote counting on November 4!
When the debate turned to the Kentucky House races, Haney, who is Jefferson County Republican Chair, was the first to speak about the number of GOP women already serving in the state legislature, and those running for office this year.
Next Monday at 8 p.m., we’ll discuss issues in the 3rd Congressional District race.