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Will a third candidate enter GOP Senate primary?

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

The Bluegrass Bulletin blog beat me to the punch.

Click here for the Bluegrass Bulletin Blog

I also have heard about a telephone poll in recent days regarding the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a poll that  - if establishment candidate Trey Grayson is not gaining steam against upstart Rand Paul - might encourage another Republican to enter the race.  The Bluegrass Bulletin suggests philanthropist and former ambassador Cathy Bailey as the likely Republican to write one check and become an immediate contender. 

But Bailey is not the only Republican to be sitting on a horde of cash.  For instance, Congressman Ed Whitfield has $950,000 cash on hand, Congressman Geoff Davis reports $620,000 cash on hand in his federal campaign account, and Congressman Hal Rogers tops $1 million in his campaign funds, which are fully transferable to a Senate campaign.

All of these Congressmen have more electoral experience than either Grayson or Paul, and may have more name recognition.  Just a thought as Republicans wonder who will seize the reins.

Don't forget that incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Bunning also came from the House of Representatives. 

 

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