Lexington Herald-Leader: Mongiardo endorses Conway for U.S. Senate

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo said Wednesday he supports Attorney General Jack Conway, ending weeks of questions about whether Mongiardo would endorse the man who narrowly beat him in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

The question now: what does the endorsement mean in Conway’s tough race against Republican nominee Rand Paul?

Observers differed on that question Wednesday.

Several said Mongiardo’s move will help end the continuing speculation about his support for Conway, and why he hadn’t endorsed Conway earlier. Those questions had become a subplot in the general election — one that Republicans were glad to see.

“That endorsement has the potential to add a lot of momentum to the campaign,” said House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook. “It will help unify and it will help heal wounds.”

Conway beat Mongiardo, a Hazard surgeon, by less than one percent of the votes cast.

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