Gov. Matt Bevin, a Kentucky Republican facing reelection this fall, said Friday he would be “delighted” to have President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stump for him during next year's campaign.
Elected in 2015, Bevin is the least popular governor in the nation facing reelection next year, according to a Morning Consult poll released last month that showed him with a 51 percent disapproval rating. His election marked a break from the norm for Kentucky, which has a history of resisting Republican candidates at the state level but electing them to federal office.
Bevin, in an interview at POLITICO's State Solutions Conference on Friday, dismissed polling that shows him as unpopular.
“I have never led in any poll or been popular in any survey that has ever been done,” Bevin said. “And here I am.”
But of course, he needs Trump to bail him out:
Bevin, who said he talks regularly with Trump, said the president has told him he’d come campaign for him in Kentucky. Bevin said he’d be “delighted” to have him there.
He added Vice President Mike Pence has said he will campaign in the state as well.
“They’re both good friends and good people,” he said.
A national Democratic-leaning group has already targeted Bevin, launching digital ads that urge voters to reject him. He faces a Republican primary and a field of Democrats, including Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former state Auditor Adam Edelen.
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