By RONNIE ELLIS
Continuing Kentucky’s conservative trend, Republican Thomas Massie, a tea party favorite endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul, easily won Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District seat Tuesday, overwhelming Democrat Bill Adkins.
As of press time, Massie had won 178,985 votes, getting 62 percent of the total, while Adkins got 99,912 or 35 percent. Independent David Lewis got 8,344 votes or 3 percent.
Massie, who resigned his position as Lewis County judge-executive to run for Congress and who won a contentious, crowded Republican primary, also won a simultaneous special election to fill out the remaining two months of the unexpired term of Republican Geoff Davis, who resigned last summer.
That race was important, because Massie will be sworn in immediately, giving him a vote on the “fiscal cliff” sequestration issue and also providing him seniority over other freshmen elected Tuesday but who won’t be sworn in until January.
“I’ll be there on Nov. 13 and be sworn in a week from today,” Massie told Kentucky Education Television after his two wins.
“The ideas we had resonated with the people of the 4th District,” Massie said.
Massie — like Paul — campaigned on national issues, promising to fight for limited government and significantly reducing federal spending and regulation and favors extending all the Bush tax cuts.
He said he focused his campaign, however, on “jobs and the economy and along with that goes the debt and spending.”
For the full story, read the Nov. 7 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.