Commonwealth Policy Center

Millions of dollars were spent in this year’s Republican primary election for governor. And much of it was from one candidate who spent nearly $10 million and ran a barrage of negative campaign ads against Daniel Cameron, who has only spent a little over $1 million. Now that the results are in, it’s clear that big dollars and negative ads failed to help that candidate win. There’s a lesson here. Big money doesn’t always win. Nor do over-the-top negative attack ads. Kentuckians want a governor who has a proven track record and one who is honest and trustworthy. If this primary election revealed anything, it showed that massive spending on negative campaign ads won’t work on Kentuckians concerned about the direction of their Commonwealth.