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THE LAST WEEK.... THE FINAL PUSH....

After more than a year for many campaigns, Election 2008 comes to down to a few remaining days.

After more than a year for many campaigns, Election 2008 comes to down to a few remaining days.

In Kentucky, we're being treated to a barn burner U.S. Senate race and have been essentially shut out of the presidential campaign... because the state has been judged non-competitive by both camps.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is in the last part of his 62-stop statewide bus tour. He is also running incredibly heavy TV advertising, rotating between spots that criticize his opponent, Bruce Lunsford and ones where the candidate talks about what he's done. McConnell has also turned to some surrogates, including Secretary of State Trey Grayson who went along for some of the bus canvass and Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky's longest serving voice in Washington. Rogers, who was once a radio announcer, can be heard in his unique tone on radio ads in the fifth congressional district.

Democrat Bruce Lunsford, who benefitted from national surrogates over the weekend, including former President Bill Clinton, was to attend a debate at KET in Louisville... where he alone would face reporters. McConnell said several weeks ago that he would not have time for late campaign debates. Staffers for both camps reporting working seven day weeks and near 20 hour days to try to gain advantage.

Local and legislative candidates are also on the move in these last days of the race. From phone banks to door to door canvassing... candidates are trying to get attention and votes. There's a crowded district judge's race in Lexington. And a circuit judge's race in Madison and Clark Counties pits two lower court judges against each other.

Danville voters will decide whether to change their form of government to an incarnation that would give the mayor much more power. Currently, the mayor is a member of the city commission and represents the city at ceremonial events. City Hall is run on a day to day basis by an unelected city manager. Voters will decide whether the ulitimate executive authority in Danville should rest with the mayor as it does in Lexington, Louisville and in many cities smaller than Danville.

A good chunk of Fayette County will also vote in the state senate race to succeed now Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone. Republican Chuck Ellinger has now joined his opponent, Democrat Kathy Stein in running television ads. A longtime state representative, Stein is a proud liberal hoping to represent a district with distinctly liberal leanings. Ellinger is elected county-wide as a Lexington at-large councilman. He is trying an approach that indicates he would not be partisan as a Frankfort lawmaker. Stein would have to be favored in the heavily Democratic district, but Ellinger has appeal outside his party and is working hard. Ellinger uses the same logo that his father used when he ran for city council back in 1985... followed by races for Congress and Lexington mayor.

Election Day is a state holiday in Kentucky this year. Most state offices and ALL public schools are to be closed.
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