Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron cruised to victory in the GOP primary for the state’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday, according to a report from the Associated Press. The Trump-backed candidate will now face incumbent Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat, this coming November.
Cameron emerged victorious in a crowded field of 11 candidates in total. The race was notable due to competing endorsements from former President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both of whom are currently polling as the leading GOP presidential candidates in 2024.
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Governor DeSantis backed former U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft, as did fellow presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. Craft also possessed a number of additional high-profile endorsements, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
Trump instead opted to endorse Cameron. “The great Commonwealth of Kentucky is a very important place to be, the people are incredible. I ran twice and I won twice by landslide numbers, so what I do and what I say is very, very special,” Trump said in a video statement. “Daniel Cameron is a person who is going to be a great governor. Your attorney general, he’s been amazing,” he continued.
The newly-anointed GOP nominee thanked Trump for his endorsement and support in his victory speech on Tuesday. “And of course, a big thank you to President Donald J. Trump for his support and his endorsement of this campaign,” Cameron said to a massive round of applause. “Let me just say, the Trump culture of winning is alive and well in Kentucky.”
🚨 Kentucky GOP gubernatorial nominee Daniel Cameron thanks Donald Trump for his support
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The race between Cameron and Beshear is projected to be close, as the incumbent has polled as one of the nation’s most popular governors despite presiding over a red state.