FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - No matter the winner, the Kentucky
governor's race will be a story of political comeback.
A win by Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher, weakened by a
troublesome political scandal and trailing by double-digit
percentage points in recent polls, would be nothing short of
But a victory for Democratic challenger Steve Beshear, who
hasn't held a political office in 20 years and who lost in his last
two efforts, would be quite a turnaround, too.
"Certainly, we do have cases of both of these types of
comebacks happening," said Joe Gershtenson, director of the
Kentucky Center for History and Politics at Eastern Kentucky
University. "One could write a good story either way."
After more than two years of scandal involving allegations of
political hiring and firing, Fletcher, polls in recent weeks showed
the first-term Republican trailing Beshear by as many as 15 to 20
Fletcher, the first GOP governor in more than 30 years in this
predominantly Democratic state, has been unable to get the focus
off the scandal in which connected Republicans allegedly were
rewarded with jobs at the expense of Democrats.