Kentucky Republicans Rally In Defeat, Call For Party Unity

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Republicans today called for party unity following the defeat of Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Republican faithful from across the state gathered at a Lexington hotel today, and turned their attention toward the 2008 elections.

Fletcher, who was dealt a lopsided loss in Tuesday's election to Democrat Steve Beshear, told Democrats to put any differences aside. The governor said Republicans should focus on maintaining their control over the Kentucky Senate and their dominance in the state's Washington delegation.

Fletcher, whose first term was dogged by a hiring scandal, faced opposition in the GOP primary this past spring. But, he blames himself for his defeat and urged his fellow Republicans work together in the coming months.

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