Kentucky governor battles state’s rightward shift

Its Republican lean won’t allow Democrat Andy Beshear to coast.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) stands in front of sports betting kiosks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) holds an advantage over his Republican rival in an ancestrally Democratic state that has shifted decisively to the right in recent years, a week ahead of an election that will decide the biggest prize in American politics this year.

In a campaign season that has been fought largely on his terms, Beshear has built a massive fundraising advantage, and polls have consistently shown him ahead of his challenger, Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R).

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