Democrats Differ On How Casino Issue Will Play In Rural Kentucky

PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) - Caldwell County Magistrate Bobby Lewis' support for Democrat Steve Beshear is unwavering in this year's governor's race.

But Lewis has a tactical concern about how Beshear's support for limited casino gambling will play in places like his hometown. Lewis says in a Bible Belt state, support for gambling might be an issue that shouldn't be talked up much.

But others in the western Kentucky town of Princeton for a rally on Friday didn't all share Lewis' reservations.

Fellow Democrat Ron Morgan says he thinks Beshear's position on casinos will win votes in his hometown of Paducah, where residents watch people cross into Illinois to gamble at a casino at Metropolis. He says he'd like to see a rival casino start up in Paducah to keep Kentuckians' money in the bluegrass state.

The expanded gambling issue has become a flash point in the governor's race.

Beshear says if elected he would push for a constitutional amendment opening Kentucky to casinos. But Beshear's opponent, incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, has come out strongly against casino gaming.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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