James Comer wins GOP nomination in 1st District
James Comer has won the Republican nomination in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District one year after a heartbreakingly close loss in the GOP primary for governor.
Comer wants to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who has held the seat since 1995. He defeated Michael Pape, Whitfield’s district director for two decades, and Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts. Miles A. Caughey Jr. finished fourth.
After losing the nomination for governor by just 83 votes last year, Comer said he planned to return to his farm in Tompkinsville. But when Whitfield announced his retirement, it was an opportunity for Comer to capitalize on his immense popularity in the 1st District.
Comer will face Democrat Sam Gaskins in the November election.