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Trump endorses GOP attorney general candidate in Kentucky

Posted: 9:04 AM, Jul 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-30 09:04:18-04
Daniel Jay Cameron

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump has inserted himself into Kentucky's hard-fought campaign for attorney general to endorse the Republican nominee, Daniel Cameron.

The Republican president tweeted on Monday that Cameron is a "new star" in the GOP. Trump says Cameron is "tough on crime, strong on borders" and a defender of gun rights.

Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo, a former attorney general and an ex-speaker of the Kentucky House.

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The campaign has already turned nasty, months before the November election.

Trump carried Kentucky by a landslide in winning the White House in 2016. He has also endorsed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who is being challenged by Democrat Andy Beshear.

Beshear is the state's current attorney general.

If elected, Cameron would become Kentucky's first African-American attorney general.