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Beshear Outpaces Fletcher In October Contributions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher was headed into the
campaign's closing days financially trailing his Democratic
challenger Steve Beshear, according to campaign finance reports.
During October, Fletcher raised more than $261,000 for his
re-election campaign while Beshear registered more than $1 million
during same period.
The candidates reported political donations to their campaigns
from between Oct. 6 and Oct. 22 in papers filed Friday with the
Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Fletcher, a Republican, and Beshear are facing off in the Nov. 6
election.
Fletcher reported that his campaign now has more than $314,000
at its disposal. Meanwhile, Beshear reported that he had about
$574,000 on hand.
Aside from the financial disadvantage, Fletcher has been
trailing Beshear in public opinion polls. Recent media polls have
shown the incumbent governor trailing Beshear from between 15 to 20
percentage points.
Fletcher's first term in office was dogged by an investigation
into allegations his administration violated state hiring laws.
Fletcher, who pardoned his entire administration, was later
indicted on misdemeanor charges that were eventually dismissed.
According to their paperwork, Fletcher spent almost $1.2 million
during the reporting period while Beshear spent nearly $2.2
million.

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