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Huckabee stumps for local candidates

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB NEWS) -- With Election Day just about a month away, a former Republican presidential candidate was in Louisville Saturday night helping raise money for local candidates.

Former Republican governor Mike Huckabee is a good stump speaker and he brought his skills to town to help Republicans running for the Kentucky House of Representatives.

"Very few people here tonight remember when Republicans were in charge," said Huckabee to a partisan crowd gathered under a white tent at the Glenview Kentucky home overlooking the Ohio River of Louisville businessman Irv Bailey and his wife Cathy.

It was way back in 1920 that the GOP last controlled both houses in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Today Republicans are the majority in Senate under the leadership of David Williams but Democrats still control the House.

With President Obama at the top of the Democratic ticket and very unpopular in the state, Republicans believe this is the year they have a very good chance of finally gaining control of both houses.

"The fact is there is a big difference in how Republicans are going to approach legislation and how the Democrats of today will," Huckabee told the crowd to applause.

Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and now hosts a program on the Fox News channel, was the big draw at tonight's fundraiser.

Minimum donation was $50 per person.  The money raised goes to the campaigns of the House legislative candidates.

"It goes into the coffers of the House Caucus fund," explains Joe Burgan, the spokesman for the Republican Legislative Caucus, "we will use the money for donations to individual candidates to run their own ads and just to generally help the candidates as we move toward November."

The Democrats currently outnumber Republicans in the House by a 59 to 41 majority. So the GOP needs to pick up ten seats.

"We feel real good, we think we can become the majority," says Representative Jeff Hoover, the Republican floor leader in the House, "we think we have good candidates all over the state in competitive districts, they are working hard raising money and we think we can pick up ten seats and become the majority for the first time in 90 years."

Hoover will likely become Speaker of the House if the Republican gain control.

But Democrats have said while they may loose a few seats in the House they fully expect to hold on to their majority.

It will be up to the voters to decide on November 6th.

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