The Sunday Story Podcast: KY governor race heats up with record spending, attack ads

Mark Payne
Mark Payne
Mark Payne is the government and politics reporter for LINK nky. Email him at [email protected].

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This week on the Sunday Story Podcast, LINK nky Government and Politics Reporter Mark Payne dives in to election financing in the Kentucky Governors race. Enjoy this story two ways – listen below or read the full story here.

On a cool spring Kentucky Monday in April, an Axiom Strategies staffer stood outside Mokka Sunset on Monmouth Street in Newport, waiting to usher Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Kelly Craft and former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines to their next campaign event of the day in Louisville and then to another in Bowling Green later in the day.

Craft, a former United Nations ambassador, forked out nearly $11 million in the Kentucky Republican primary and had one of the most high-profile national political consultants, Axiom, — a Missouri-based GOP political consulting agency — working on her campaign. 

Despite all this spending and high-profile campaign work, Craft lost her bid to win the Republican nomination for Kentucky governor and instead placed third. 

Attorney General Daniel Cameron went on to take the nomination. 

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