FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - With groundwork laid, money raised, and
time winding down in the governor's race, the candidates are
preparing for a grueling sprint to the finish line.
For Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Democratic challenger
Steve Beshear, that means crisscrossing the state, making stops in
as many towns and cities as can be squeezed into the final two
weeks of the campaign. It means they'll be getting up early and
going to be bed late, shaking hands with countless voters,
delivering stump speeches and rallying supporters until their
voices are raspy.
Despite the physical demands, the candidates, both of whom are
political veterans, say the last leg of the race is always the most
In Kentucky, bus tours have become the strategic last leg of
statewide campaigns - a chance for candidates not only to speak
directly to supporters but to garner coverage in local newspapers,
radio and TV stations in the communities where they stop.
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