Two years ago, Ralph Kennedy, the GOP nominee for House District 39, ran for the seat and made it to the GOP run-off against the now-retiring incumbent. This year, he's leaving nothing to chance.
Coming off a strong primary win with 57% of the vote, Kennedy is proving to be one of the strongest state House fundraisers this cycle, raising over $26,000 since mid-summer and reporting over fifty thousand dollars cash-on-hand. That puts him ahead of most legislative candidates this cycle, including incumbents.
While he faces a petition opponent, who was a disqualified GOP primary candidate, numbers we've seen show Kennedy well-positioned to win the November contest for the open seat in Lexington and Saluda Counties. No doubt aggressive fundraising will help the former prosecutor and rural school board member will play a key role in locking in his win.