Adam Smith (Kentucky)

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Adam Smith (born 1977/'78)[1] is an American political activist who won one Congressional primary election and lost by a larger than 2:1 margin in the general election.

In the 2004 election, he campaigned as a Democrat for a seat in the House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 2nd congressional district, losing to the incumbent by 68 percent of the vote to 32 percent. His campaign was widely considered to be futile; in the 2002 election, his opponent, Republican incumbent Ron Lewis, won 69 percent to 29 percent. Smith raised only $3,895 compared with $724,439 for Lewis. Smith was Kentucky's only federal candidate, from either major party, to oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He was selected to be on the "Dean Dozen" list.

Smith defeated James E. Rice and Pete Tabb in the primary election on May 18, 2004, with 14,537 votes (44 percent). Rice received 9,195 votes, while Tabb got 9,100 votes.

Smith attended the University of Louisville, earning his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2000. After graduating, he lived in Palm Springs, California, until August 2002. Smith later worked on oilfield supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico and was a courier in Los Angeles. Smith is a past member of Teamsters Local 89 and currently resides in Stanley, Kentucky.


  1. ^ The News-Enterprise of Hardin County, Kentucky, "Meet the Candidates...", May 17, 2004

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