Kentucky attorney general election, 2011

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The Kentucky Attorney General election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011. Democratic incumbent Jack Conway defeated Republican challenger Todd P'Pool.

Background

Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway announced his run for re-election on January 23, 2011, following his defeat to Republican Rand Paul in a hard-fought, often acrimonious race for Kentucky's open U.S. Senate seat.[1] Conway admitted he considered not running and that he wondered if he had enough "gas in the tank" for another campaign.[1] The hard-fought Senate race, which Paul ultimately won by 11 percent, saw Conway's campaign dogged by accusations of mudslinging after it produced the infamous "Aqua Buddha" ad that appeared to question Paul's faith as a Christian.

Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool stepped forward to challenge Conway on December 14, 2010. He would ultimately be the only Republican to challenge Conway.[2] P'Pool said he was running because he thought Conway had not done enough to help Kentucky's coal industry.[3] He also criticized Conway for not joining other state attorneys general in opposing President Barack Obama's health care reform, saying that he thought the law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) was unconstitutional.[3]

General election

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool
ApprovedaDemocratic Party Democratic Party - Incumbent Jack Conway

Commercials

Republican candidate Todd P'Pool released three TV campaign ads and Democrat Jack Conway two ads by October 5, 2011.

Jack Conway[4]


Todd P'Pool[5]

Endorsements

Jack Conway

Todd P'Pool

Campaign finance

Neither candidate filed general election campaign finance reports as of September 2, 2011.[14] See below for finance summaries from the primaries.

Polling

Incumbent Conway held a significant lead through the spring and summer, though one late August poll showed P'Pool climbing within ten points.

Date of Poll Pollster Todd P'Pool (R) Jack Conway (D) Undecided Number polled
Aug. 29-31, 2011[15] cn|2/Braun Research 26.4% 53.2% 20.4% 803
Aug. 25-28, 2011[16] Public Policy Polling 36% 47% 18% 600
Jun. 6-8, 2011[17] cn|2 29.5% 56.4% 14.2% 800
Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2011[18] cn|2 32.7% 52.1% 13.6% 804

Primary election

See also: Kentucky state executive official elections, 2011

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Finances

As of July 12, 2011, the breakdown of Conway's campaign finances was as follows:

Jack Conway Campaign Finance Reports -- Primary Election[20]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Total --- --- $283,303.30 $29,264.25 ---
60-Day Post-Primary 7/16/2011 $261,835.72 $-1,500.00 $5,796.97 $254,538.75
30-Day Post-Primary 6/16/2011 $147,336.09 $118,950.00 $4,450.37 $261,835.72
15-Day Pre-Primary 5/2/2011[21] $116,011.54 $35,530.75 $4,206.20 $147,336.09
32-Day Pre-Primary 4/15/2011[22] $0.00 $130,822.55 $14,811.01 $116,011.54

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Finances

As of July 12, 2011, the breakdown of Conway's campaign finances was as follows:

Todd P'Pool Campaign Finance Reports -- Primary Election[24]
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Total --- --- $437,780.50 $89,439.90 ---
60-Day Post-Primary 7/16/2011 $400,507.08 $-48,391.90 $2,774.58 $349,340.60
30-Day Post-Primary 6/16/2011 $411,442.72 $20,705.00 $31,640.64 $400,507.08
15-Day Pre-Primary 5/2/2011[25] $305,647.21 $114,335.40 $8,539.89 $411,442.72
32-Day Pre-Primary 4/15/2011 $270,274.34 $79,482.00 $44,109.13 $305,647.21
Quarterly 12/31/2010 $0.00 $272,650.00 $2,375.66 $270,274.34

Key dates

The following table details key dates and deadlines during the 2011 election:

Deadline Event
January 25, 2011 Declaration of candidacy for primary
April 18, 2011 Voter registration for primary
May 10, 2011 Deadline to request absentee ballots by mail
May 16, 2011 Deadline to request absentee ballots in person
May 17, 2011 Emergency absentee ballot request for primary
May 17, 2011 Primary election
May 27, 2011 Last day to request a recount and to challenge primary results
June 6, 2011 Certification of primary results
August 9, 2011 Declaration of candidacy for general election
October 11, 2011 Voter registration for general election
October 28, 2011 Write-in candidate announcement for general election
November 1, 2011 Deadline to request absentee ballot for general election by mail
November 7, 2011 Deadline to request absentee ballot for general election in person
November 8, 2011 Emergency absentee ballot request for general election
November 8, 2011 General election
November 15, 2011 Last day to challenge general election results
November 18, 2011 Last day to request a general election recount
November 28, 2011 Certification of general election results

External links

Republican candidates

Democratic candidates

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lexington Herald-Leader, "Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway wins re-election," November 9, 2011
  2. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Prosecutor Todd P'Pool Announces His Candidacy For The 2011 Republican Nomination for Attorney General," accessed July 12, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kentucky.com, "Conway, P'Pool to square off in attorney general's race this fall," May 18, 2011
  4. Jack Conway for Attorney General, "TV Ads," accessed October 5, 2011
  5. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Media," accessed October 5, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 The Courier-Journal (Louisville), "2011 Voter Guide -- Attorney General," accessed July 12, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 KEPAC, "Candidate Endorsements," accessed July 12, 2011
  8. The Independent, "State FOP give endorsement to P'Pool," September 7, 2011
  9. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to Campaign for Todd P'Pool," August 21, 2011
  10. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Louisville TEA Party Endorses Todd P'Pool," October 3, 2011
  11. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Trey Grayson and Travis Ford to Campaign for Todd P'Pool," August 21, 2011
  12. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Governor Mike Huckabee to Campaign for Todd P'Pool," August 22, 2011
  13. Todd P'Pool for Attorney General, "Oklahoma AG Scott PRuitt to Campaign for Todd P'Pool," August 29, 2011
  14. Kentucky Registry of Eleciton Finance, "Candidate Searches," accessed September 2, 2011
  15. cn|2 "cn|2 Poll: Beshear's lead increases but other races largely unchanged since June," accessed September 8, 2011
  16. Public Policy Polling, "Beshear set to romp, helping Dems down-ballot," August 30, 2011
  17. cn|2 Pure Politics, "Down ballot Democrats begin with leads; Auditor race is closest in cn|2 Poll," accessed July 12, 2011
  18. cn|2 Pure Politics, "At the starting line, Jack Conway has nearly 20-point lead over Todd P'Pool," March 3, 2011
  19. Louisville Courier-Journal, "Jack Conway to run for re-election; seeks money to pay off Senate debt" 19 Nov. 2010
  20. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Searches," accessed July 12, 2011
  21. Amended 5/16/2011.
  22. Amended on 5/2/2011 and 5/16/2011.
  23. 89.3 FM WFPL "Hopkins County Attorney P’Pool Seeking AG’s Office" 15 Dec. 2010
  24. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Searches," accessed July 12, 2011
  25. Amended 6/1/2011.