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Jack Conway wins Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor

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Jack Conway speaks about jobs, education and small business on May 19, 2015 ahead of receiving the Democratic nomination for governor. Jack Conway speaks about jobs, education and small business on May 19, 2015 ahead of receiving the Democratic nomination for governor.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WDRB) -- Conway faced little opposition in Geoff Young, a former state engineer who did not raise money and was shunned by the state party. It was the first time in four decades that Kentucky Democrats have not fielded a competitive primary, allowing Conway to skip dozens of candidate forums and raise more than $2.3 million.

Conway will face a Republican nominee battered from a brutal primary campaign that will force him to spend much of his time replenishing nearly empty campaign coffers.

"As I get older I only know that I can control my own campaign what me and my immediate family does and I intend to control that and make sure we send the right message to Kentuckians this fall," Conway said at a press conference Tuesday. "The governor of Kentucky controls a huge budget that invests in secondary education, higher education, workforce development, the governor really should be the ambassador to bring jobs to the state."

Democrats have won nine out of the last 10 elections for governor. But Republicans have made gains in voter registration and have had success by tying Kentucky Democrats to President Barack Obama, who remains deeply unpopular throughout the state.

More: Election Central | Complete 2015 Kentucky primary election results

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