GLASGOW – D.T. Froedge, chair of the Barren County Republican Party, said he is inclined to believe that Rand Paul will win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Barren County and in the state of Kentucky, and that name recognition has a lot to do with it.
“I doubt that there are 10 people in the whole state that don't know Rand Paul's name,” Froedge said.
He said it would take a lot of money and campaigning for another candidate to overcome that kind of name recognition.
Paul, who is the incumbent for the U.S. Senate seat received plenty of national attention during his run for U.S. President in the Republican primary, dropping out of the race on Feb. 3, two days after the Iowa caucuses.
Paul faces Stephen Howard and James Gould this Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Gould previously told the Glasgow Daily Times one of the reasons he is seeking office is for campaign finance reform and that he supports Donald Trump for U.S. President because Trump does not depend on special interest money and knows how to get projects done.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, won the Kentucky Republican Caucus on March 5 with 82,493 votes, which represented 35.9 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
There will be five options for Kentucky voters in the Democratic primary for U.S. President this Tuesday: Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Rocky De La Fuente and “uncommitted,” although the race is currently a battle between Clinton and Sanders.
Heading into Tuesday, Clinton is leading Sanders in pledged delegates 1,716 to 1,433 with a 524 to 40 lead in superdelegates, according to the Associated Press.
Curtis Peil, secretary of the Barren County Democratic Party, said he thinks the race will be fairly close.
“Right now, Bernie's got more energy in his campaign and I think that might give him a little bit of favor,” Peil said. “He will probably carry Kentucky.”
Peil said he thinks Clinton is the best candidate “by far” but he wishes she would be a little more aggressive in her campaign.
“I don't know why she's delaying,” he said. “It frustrates people who are supporting her.”
Clinton and Sanders have made several recent appearances in Kentucky.
Sanders will be speaking in Bowling Green on Saturday (today), in his second visit to the city.
In the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, Peil said he expects Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to win the primary, especially in Barren County.
“(Glasgow) is his hometown,” Peil said. “He grew up here.”
Peil said Gray has taken neutral stances on issues and thinks both parties have good ideas.
Peil described an advertisement of Gray's where the candidate states that “everybody is born with one mouth and two ears, and you gotta' listen to people.”
The ad says that since Gray has been mayor of Lexington, he has moved his office from the top floor to the ground floor so that he could listen to the people and get ideas. The city was running a deficit and now has a surplus, Peil said.
Gray has also created 15,000 jobs in Kentucky from his business, Gray Construction, according to Peil.
Gray will face Rory Houlihan, Jeff Kender, Ron Leach, Tom Recktenwald, Grant Short and Sellus Wilder on Tuesday.
Leach previously told the Glasgow Daily Times that the biggest issue facing the U.S. is that its government has become “of, for and by a wealthy few” and that he supports Sanders for U.S President.
Recktenwald previously told the Glasgow Daily Times that the biggest issue facing the U.S. is big campaign donations and that he supports Clinton for U.S. President because she is “by far the most qualified.”