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A MONTH TO GO AND WHERE IT'S GOING NOBODY KNOWS....

About 3,000,000 Kentuckians are on the voting rolls for the coming November election... more than any time in history. There is energy heading toward the election with a steady stream of early voting reported in clerks offices where that is underway.

A MONTH TO GO AND WHERE IT'S GOING NOBODY KNOWS....

About 3,000,000 Kentuckians are on the voting rolls for the coming November election... more than any time in history. There is energy heading toward the election with a steady stream of early voting reported in clerks offices where that is underway.

How Kentuckians vote is what's up for question. In a heavily Democratic state, Republicans appear to have somewhat of an advantage. Both presidential candidates have stayed away from Kentucky because polls show it 'non-competitive.' They're focussed on places like Ohio, Florida, Colorado and North Carolina, where polls are close and there are more electoral votes. In 2000, a change of ANY state would have tipped the election the other way. In 2004, a change in a major state, like Ohio, would have created a different outcome.

But this year, both campaigns have looked at Kentucky and decided it's not worth (Obama) or doesn't need (McCain) intense attention. Tennessee is in the same catagory... seen as non-competitive a month out... with McCain leading.

A SENATE RACE TO REMEMBER

Kentucky has had its share of intense U.S. Senate battles. Mitch McConnell got to the senate by besting two term incubent Dee Huddleston in 1984. Governor Wendell Ford went to the senate by defeating incumbent Republican Marlow Cook in 1974. (That's after Ford first tried to talk then Lt. Governor Julian Carroll into running).

I remember McConnell's first defense of his office was the toughest. He narrowly defeated former Louisville Mayor Harvey Slone in 1990. Slone narrowly defeated Superintendent of Public Instruction John Brock for the Democratic nomination. I always wondered if Brock would've run a better race, because it would have been difficult to paint him a liberal.

This time... Millionaire businessman Bruce Lunsford is trying to oust McConnell. Lunsford has run twice for governor unsuccessfully. The two have spent millions of dollars on ads attacking each other and only hinting at what they might do if elected.

Senator McConnell has also said there isn't enough time for late campaign debates and has turned down Kentucky Educational Television, except to say they are free to tape a pre-scheduled debate at Kentucky Dam Village. Centre College and WKYT were also unsuccessful at setting up a Danville debate in the style of the 2000 VP debate and last year's highly watched gubernatorial encounter. We were prepared to provide the forum to several stations across the Commonwealth and give it a key timeslot within ten days of the election.

Many reporters and everyday Kentuckians alike would simply like to ask these candidates what they would plan to do in a six year term in Washington. We have heard all about their past. We have heard their attacks on each other. The question that remains: What would you do if elected on issues from the economy to national security?
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