GOP Kentucky governor candidate sets fast fundraising pace


              FILE - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 7, 2022. Kelly Craft set a fast pace for raising and spending campaign cash in late 2022, overtaking her Republican rivals in fundraising while pouring more than $1 million into her bid to become Kentucky's next governor, according to the latest campaign-finance reports. The competition for campaign cash will intensify as GOP gubernatorial hopefuls step up their outreach to try to break through the crowded field for the state's May primary. The winner is expected to pose a formidable challenge to incumbent Gov. Beshear, who has maintained high approval ratings in a state that continues to trend toward Republicans. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)
            
              FILE - Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles addresses the audience at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 26, 2021. Kelly Craft set a fast pace for raising and spending campaign cash in late 2022, overtaking her Republican rivals in fundraising while pouring more than $1 million into her bid to become Kentucky's next governor, according to the latest campaign-finance reports. Her closest fundraising rivals in the GOP primary — Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Commissioner Ryan Quarles — stockpiled considerably more cash by the end of the year than Craft, who served as United Nations ambassador for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
            
              FILE - Kentucky Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron speaks with reporters before the start of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 25, 2022. Kelly Craft set a fast pace for raising and spending campaign cash in late 2022, overtaking her Republican rivals in fundraising while pouring more than $1 million into her bid to become Kentucky's next governor, according to the latest campaign-finance reports. Her closest fundraising rivals in the GOP primary — Cameron and state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles — stockpiled considerably more cash by the end of the year than Craft, who served as United Nations ambassador for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
GOP Kentucky governor candidate sets fast fundraising pace