Matt Bevin

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Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin.jpg
Candidate for
Governor of Kentucky
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University (1989)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1989-1993
CitationsCaptain
Websites
Campaign website
Matt Bevin campaign logo
Matt Bevin is a Republican candidate for Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 elections. He filed his candidacy on January 27, 2015, only hours before the end of the filing period. Bevin is running with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jenean M. Hampton.[1]

He was a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky.[2] Bevin was defeated by incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

Bevin officially announced his Senate candidacy on July 24, 2013, at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. From there, he began a three-day tour with eight campaign stops.[2] Bevin was a political newcomer, but had significant wealth to use against incumbent McConnell in the primary.[2]

Biography

Bevin grew up in Shelburne, NH.[4]

After high school, he attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a four-year ROTC scholarship.[4] After graduating in 1989, Bevin was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, and rose to the rank of Captain. He spent four years on active duty with primary responsibilities as the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division Artillery’s counterfire officer.[4]

Career

After his military service, Bevin worked in the financial industry. He founded several local firms and invested in a number of other companies in Kentucky, and around the United States, ranging from manufacturing to software.[4]

Issues

Cockfighting

Bevin took part in a rally in April 2014 to support the legalization of cockfighting in Kentucky.[5]

Bevin's campaign described the event at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, Kentucky, as a "states' rights rally," and said that Bevin was unaware that it had any ties to cockfighting.[6]

"It was not a cockfighting rally, it was a states' rights rally," said Rachel Semmel, a Bevin spokeswoman.[5]

TARP funding

In February 2014, Bevin called the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it.[7] The comments came after prior backing by Bevin in 2008 when he supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin buying commercial paper issued by banks.[7]

Bevin campaign spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said in a statement, “Matt has always opposed the TARP bailout and similar misuses of taxpayer dollars."[7]

Involvement in Syria

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Bevin was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mitch McConnell, remained undecided.[8]

GOP win

At an event sponsored by the FreedomWorks PAC on February 10, 2014, Bevin asserted that McConnell could not win a general election.[9] At the event, Bevin claimed that he would be only Republican who could beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values. We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell,” Bevin said.[9]

Elections

2015

See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Seven state executive offices in Kentucky are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on May 19, 2015. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Incumbents Steve Beshear (D) and Crit Luallen (D) are not running for re-election.

Attorney General
Incumbent Jack Conway (D) is seeking election as governor

Secretary of State

Auditor

Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent James Comer, Jr. (R) is seeking election as governor

Treasurer
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited


Polls

Democratic primary

Governor of Kentucky, Democratic primary
Poll Jack Conway Geoff YoungUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
59%13%28%+/-6.14255
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
61%12%27%+/-3.9640
AVERAGES 60% 12.5% 27.5% +/-5.02 447.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Republican primary

Governor of Kentucky, Republican primary
Poll James Comer, Jr. Matt BevinHal HeinerWill T. ScottUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Remington Research Group
January 27-28, 2015
22%19%18%5%35%+/-31,066
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
25%18%19%9%30%+/-6.07261
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
20%20%28%8%25%+/-4.4520
Bluegrass Poll
March 26, 2015
19%12%33%3%29%+/-4601
AVERAGES 21.5% 17.25% 24.5% 6.25% 29.75% +/-4.37 612
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-ups

Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Bevin
Poll Jack Conway (D) Matt Bevin (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
45%41%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
42%36%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 38.5% 18% +/-3.09 1,278.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Comer
Poll Jack Conway (D) James Comer, Jr. (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
40%37%23%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
41%45%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
40%38%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 40.33% 40% 19.67% +/-3.39 1,055
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Heiner
Poll Jack Conway (D) Hal Heiner (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
43%34%22%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
42%44%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
41%38%21%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 42% 38.67% 19% +/-3.39 1,055
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Scott
Poll Jack Conway (D) Will T. Scott (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
44%40%16%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
43%33%24%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 36.5% 20% +/-3.09 1,278.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign finance

Fourth quarter report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $880,190.47 and spent a total of $545,733.73 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[10]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
James Comer, Jr./Chris McDaniel Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $477,656.47 $548,043.60 $152,225.21 $873,474.86
Jack Conway/Sannie Overly Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $978,044.51 $176,042 $202,290.91 $951,795.60
Hal Heiner/K.C. Crosbie Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $3,502,534.91 $156,104.87 $191,217.61 $3,467,422.17
Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis Independent Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Will T. Scott/Rodney Coffey Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Geoff Young/Johnathan Masters Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $880,190.47
Grand Total Spent $545,733.73

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Bevin ran as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky. Bevin was defeated by incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell Incumbent 60.2% 213,753
Matt Bevin 35.4% 125,787
Shawna Sterling 2% 7,214
Chris Payne 1.5% 5,338
Brad Copas 0.9% 3,024
Total Votes 355,116
Source: Kentucky State Board of Elections
Media

Bevin's announcement

The same day that McConnell's primary challenger Matt Bevin was set to officially announce his candidacy, McConnell’s campaign announced a new ad buy labeling his primary opponent “Bailout Bevin” and noting that Bevin's business, which is based in Connecticut, accepted $200,000 in bailout funds.[11]


McConnell's July 24, 2013, ad, "Bailout Bevin"

Matt Bevin's first ad, released July 24, 2013, "Meet Matt Bevin"

In response to McConnell’s ad, the Senate Conservatives Fund went after McConnell and said, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Mitch McConnell to attack anyone on bailouts when he was the one who voted with Barack Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks.”[11]

Bevin released his own ad on the day he announced his official candidacy. The ad, "Meet Matt Bevin," began by Bevin saying, “Mitch McConnell has had a long career in politics. But after 30 years in politics, is his leadership really the best that we can do? America deserves more than failed leadership. We can do better.”[12]

A narrator chimes in, saying that “McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges.” Bevin, on the other hand, is described as a “successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican.”[12]

Polls
Republican primary
Poll Mitch McConnell Matt BevinBrad CopasChris PayneShawna SterlingUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 14-16, 2014
55%35%1%1%3%5%+/-4.0605
Gravis/Human Events
May 12, 2014
48%34%0%0%0%18%+/-4.0629
NBC News/Marist
April 30 - May 6, 2014
57%25%0%0%0%13%+/-4.9408
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
April 15-17, 2014
51%34%0%0%0%15%+/-3.01,359
Public Opinion Strategies
February 24-26, 2014
61%23%0%0%0%16%+/-4.9400
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
59%17%0%0%0%24%+/-3.061,002
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
55%29%0%0%0%15%+/-4.91,082
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
53%31%0%0%0%16%+/-4.0683
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
53%26%0%0%0%21%+/-4.21,509
Lake Research
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
50%17%0%0%0%33%+/-4.0603
Voter/Consumer Research
August 18-20, 2013
68%21%0%0%0%8%+/-4.0600
Wenzel Strategies
July 23-24, 2013
59%20%0%0%0%21%+/-3.9624
AVERAGES 55.75% 26% 0.08% 0.08% 0.25% 17.08% +/-4.07 792
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bevin's reports.[13]

Personal wealth

Bevin filed his personal financial wealth report in November 2013.[15] The reported showed millions in cash and assets that were ready to be loaned or contributed to his campaign, and included $1 million to $5 million in a Bank of America checking account and $500,0001 to $1 million in a Commonwealth Bank & Trust money market account.[15] In total, the report found that Bevin had between roughly $10 million and $50 million.[15]

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