Kentucky Attorney General election, 2011

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The state of Kentucky elected an Attorney General on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Primaries for this election was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.[1] In the general election, incumbent Jack Conway defeated his challenger, Todd P'Pool.


Current Attorney General Jack Conway, of Louisville, a Democrat, is running for a second term. There was speculation that Conway would not seek a second term; he had won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2010 election (defeating Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo in the primary) but went on to be defeated by Republican Rand Paul in the general election.

Several Democrats expressed interest in running if Conway decided to opt against a bid, including State Representative John C. Tilley of Hopkinsville, Louisville lawyer and former state Democratic Party Chairman Jennifer Moore, and state Senator Ray S. Jones.[2] However, Conway announced on January 21, 2011 that he would run for a second term and did not face an opponent in the primary.[3]

On January 3, Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool, of Madisonville announced his candidacy and stated that he would contribute $250,000 of his own money to help finance his run. He stated that if elected, he would fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations on the coal industry and would have Kentucky join a lawsuit brought by a number of state attorneys general seeking to strike down the new health care reform law.[4]

Secretary of State of Kentucky Trey Grayson (who lost the 2010 Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to Rand Paul) was thought to have considered entering the race for the Republican nomination, but he announced on November 24, 2010 that he would not seek election to any office in 2011.[5]

Rob Sanders of Fort Mitchell, the Commonwealth's Attorney from Kenton County, announced on December 14 that he would not run for Attorney General and would instead seek re-election in 2012 to a second term as Commonwealth's Attorney. Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson had urged Sanders to run, but noted the interest of Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool, of Madisonville, and Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl.[6] P'Pool filed paperwork to run the next day.[7]

On January 13, 2011, former Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert, of Mount Vernon announced he was dropping his plans to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general because current chief justice John D. Minton, Jr. declined to grant him a leave of absence from the senior judge program.[8][9]

Shortly afterward, Brian Goettl announced on the Jack Pattie radio show on AM 590-WVLK in Lexington that he also would not seek the Republican nomination for attorney general, leaving P'Pool the only Republican candidate in that race.[10]




General election[edit]


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Conway (D)
P'Pool (R)
Public Policy Polling August 25–28, 2011 600 ± 4.0% 47% 36% 18%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Secretary of State, Election Calendar
  2. ^ Joseph Gerth, "No surprise if Conway doesn't run for second term as attorney general" (January 16, 2010), Louisville Courier-Journal.
  3. ^ Jack Brammer, "Conway files to run for second term as Attorney General" (January 22, 2010), Lexington Herald-Leader.
  4. ^ "P'Pool puts up $250,000 in Kentucky attorney general's race" (January 3, 2011), Associated Press.
  5. ^ Amanda Van Benschoten, "Grayson won't run for AG in 2011" (November 24, 2010), The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  6. ^ Amanda Van Benschoten, "Rob Sanders Won't Run for AG" (December 14, 2010), The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  7. ^ Amanda Van Benschoten, "Hopkins County Attorney Files to Run for AG" (December 15, 2010), The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  8. ^ Jack Brammer, Lambert won't run for attorney general (January 13, 2010). "Bluegrass Politics" of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  9. ^ Joseph Gerth, "Lambert rules out attorney general run; Beshear-Abramson campaign names new manager" (January 13, 2011). Louisville Courier-Journal.
  10. ^ Kenny Colston, "The Chatter: Lambert and Goettl out of AG race; several state candidates file... and more" (January 13, 2011). cn|2 Politics.

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