In deep red Kentucky, a Dem holds late edge

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) holds the edge in polls, money and momentum.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responds to a question from the moderator during the Gubernatorial Forum at the 2023 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual meeting dinner in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

In deep red Kentucky, incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear (D) is entering the final weeks of his re-election campaign with a towering fundraising advantage, polling numbers on his side and having turned the issue of abortion to his potential advantage.

And yet, the most closely watched gubernatorial contest of 2023 – Louisiana and Mississippi voters will also elect governors next month — is still very much in play as Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) seeks to unseat Beshear and become Kentucky’s first Black governor.

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