A Tea Party “base” in northern Kentucky?

Yesterday Senate President David Williams won a surprisingly close GOP gubernatorial primary with 48% against Tea Party candidate Phil Moffett (38%) and Barbie Holsclaw (14%). cn|2 news reports that the Williams ticket did poorly, however, in the “golden triangle” of northern Kentucky between Louisville, Lexington, and Cincinnati. Moffett bested Williams in that area 44%-36%.

At first I was a little surprised, suspecting that the Tea Party candidate would do better in the more rural, poorer areas like southern and eastern Kentucky. Then I remembered that, despite popular stereotypes to the contrary, the Tea Party base is actually well-educated and economically affluent. It thus makes sense that urban northern Kentucky would put on a better showing for a Tea Party-endorsed GOP candidate.

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