Moderator Says Kentucky Race 'Very Closely' Watched

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The host of NBC's "Meet the Press"
says the Kentucky governor's race is being watched "very closely"
by the national political parties.
Tim Russert commented to reporters in Louisville last night
where he was the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Chamber of
Commerce annual economic summit.
He said that if Democrat Steve Beshear wins, it will signal that
Republicans are vulnerable in close races nationwide. Russert says
six candidates have a shot at the White House: Democrats Hillary
Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, and Republicans Rudy
Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.
He's predicted previously that Thompson will run, and be
competitive. Russert says Republican candidate John McCain is "in
very difficult straits" financially, and his camp is in disarray.
In Kentucky politics, he believes Senator Mitch McConnell might
have been damaged by his support of the Iraq war, though McConnell
indicates he's moving away from the president.
Russert added that McConnell is far from being on the vulnerable

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