Kentucky’s Jim Waters has a feature story about the non-race between Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. Guess the entire country really is paying attention to the Bluegrass these days.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher should have been a shoe-in for re-election this year. Four years ago he won the governorship in a walk, after serving six years as a popular congressman. He’s an ex-fighter pilot, ex-Baptist minister and a very strong campaigner.
But as voters prepare to head to the polls in a little more than two weeks, there is a political horse race underway here in Kentucky. And thanks to a nagging political scandal, it’s Gov. Fletcher who is trailing. One recent poll found him behind Democrat Steve Beshear by 16 points.