Because that’s what some are questioning in response to the release Friday of a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WHAS-11 Television showing Democratic nominee Steve Beshear with a surprisingly large margin of 28 points. The poll, which many question because of its methodology and use of automated calls, was nevertheless on target in the primary race. It has Beshear ahead 62-34 with 4 percent undecided.
Fletcher’s numbers no doubt suffered from the harsh attacks leveled at him by Republican opponent Anne Northup in the primary while Beshear largely escaped attack in the Democratic primary. Early on, Democratic candidates for governor signed a “unity pledge” that forbade personal attacks against each other. Fletcher won’t be under such restraint.
That shows up in the poll: 86 percent of Democrats are for Beshear while 60 percent of Republicans surveyed are for Fletcher. But in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, Fletcher needs Democratic votes to win – as he did in 2003 when 125,000 of them voted for him.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Richmond Register Reports The Results Of McConnell's Backstabbing Of Our Governor
Larry Forgy already told Mitch McConnell that he could have put an end to a Forgy Senate campaign if McConnell and his people delivered for Ernie Fletcher. Now Anne Northup and most of McConnell's Louisville liberal faction of the GOP, including Ted Jackson (who is going fishing instead), will not even attend the unity rally. As a result, Governor Fletcher is trailing Steve Beshear among Louisville liberals who voted for Northup and needs to make up ground across the state: