Jack Conway wins Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Attorney General Jack Conway has easily won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor.

Conway faced little opposition in Geoff Young, a former state engineer who did not raise money. It was the first time in four decades that Kentucky Democrats have not fielded a competitive primary, allowing Conway to skip dozens of candidate forums and raise more than $2.3 million.

Conway will face a Republican nominee battered from a brutal primary campaign that will force him to spend much of his time replenishing nearly empty campaign coffers.

Democrats have won nine out of the last 10 elections for governor.

In a speech Tuesday night, Conway said he and running mate State Representative Sannie Overly will focus their campaign on job creation and education.

"I'm chomping at the bit. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to engage because this is important stuff. The governor of Kentucky controls a huge budget that invests in elementary and secondary education, higher education, it invests in workforce development. The governor really should be the ambassador in creating jobs and bringing jobs to the state," explained Conway.

Conway has spent the last seven years as the Commonwealth's attorney general.

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