U.S. Sen. Rand Paul headlined a fundraiser in Bowling Green Thursday night to help raise much-needed cash for the Republicans who are vying to take control of the Kentucky House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 general election.
House Republicans think they can pick up 12 additional seats to give them the majority in the lower chamber for the first time since the 1920s. House Democrats have a 58-41 edge in House seats now.
State Republicans leaders were mum Friday on the amount the Paul event raised. But they will need all the money they can get, finance records show.
The House Republican caucus is far behind in fundraising compared to their Democratic counterparts, recent campaign finance reports filed by the House Democratic and House Republican caucuses show.
The House Democrats have amassed a campaign war chest of more than $540,000 and still have $206,000 going into the November election. House Republicans have raised $94,000 and have $76,000 cash-on-hand, according to Kentucky Registry of Election Finance reports filed in late June.