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posted by Senate2008Guru | 10:49 AM
Those rural results are horrific for candidates in a lot of specific states that might be big races in 2008. Think Missouri in 2006.
BTW:Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal says that Forgy has absolutely nothing to do with the DraftForgy blog that you've routinely posted stories from. Both Forgy and McConnell suspect its being run by Democrats targetting McConnell.
The Gerth column also says:QUOTEIn a recent interview, Forgy stopped short of saying he wouldn't run. But he said he believes that McConnell will help Fletcher's re-election effort. And if he does, Forgy said, McConnell shouldn't expect a challenger next May. But Forgy points out that in 1991 he ran a strong race in the gubernatorial primary against then-U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins on the cheap -- implying he could be a threat if he challenged the Senate minority leader.UNQUOTEForgy stopped short of saying he wouldn't run - maybe not a zealous candidate-in-waiting, but an unwillingness to rule it out says something of somebody who only has a draft effort going at the moment. And, again, Forgy cites an expectation that McConnell will be helpful to Fletcher - we'll see how that plays out.
Fletcher is a dead duck, by almost all counts. It's all in how McConnell plays this. He might actually be helped if he stays away from the govenor's election.
Even if there is a supposed schism in the Kentucky GOP (which I think accounts of such are over-blown), that will certainly die down after Fletcher is out of office. I can't see the same dynamics that are leading to the '07 election carrying forward through '08 and affecting McConnell.
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