"She kind of had right of first refusal with the folks involved in Republican politics in the 4th district," said a Republican strategist with knowledge of the ground game in Kentucky, adding that potential donors were unfamiliar with her but pleased with their first impressions. "My understand is she has been absolutely burning up the phones."

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Webb-Edgington, who has served in the state House since 2008, previously served as the chief information officer for the Kentucky State Police and also worked for the state's Office of Homeland Security.

“Congress as a whole currently has a historically low approval rating for good reason," she said.  "We need more leaders who are problem solvers willing to work toward consensus on very difficult decisions."