Kentucky's 1st District, where long-time Republican Mike Whitfield has run Western Kentucky politics for more than 20 years, is up for grabs in May's primary as Republicans slug it out. The big name is James Comer, the state's former Agriculture Commissioner and one-time gubernatorial hopeful who lost to current Gov. Matt Bevin last year. Comer dropped everything here in NKY when Whitfield announced his retirement and headed to Paducah to try to win his seat.
The problem is Comer has run into the Trump Tea Party wing of the KY GOP, and they definitely have their man for the job already. Meet Mike Pape, everyone!
And yes, this is how Mike Pape plans to win, by fully getting behind Trump's wall and Cruz's Obamacare repeal at the same time.
Comer has the fundraising advantage, and the only Democrat in the race, Army veteran Sam Gaskins, is of course a pro-coal "moderate" who wants the EPA gone because that's what you do here in Kentucky.
We'll see how Gaskins makes out, but the real race in KY-1 is between Pape and Comer.