With no presidential primary, GOP turnout could be low
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the biggest draws in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District, and neither will be on the ballot on Tuesday.
That could be a problem for the four people who hope to be the Republican nominee for Congress, leaving them without a guaranteed turnout machine heading into their contentious primary.
Kentucky Republicans voted for their presidential nominee in a caucus two months ago. Tuesday, they will vote in primary elections for local, state and federal offices. The biggest race is the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. The candidates are Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts, military veteran Miles A. Caughey Jr., former state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Whitfield aide Mike Pape.
The winner will face Democrat Samuel Gaskins in the general election.