After GOP's Restoring America ads, Gov. Beshear says his campaign has 'adjusted'

10/07/2011 07:58 AM

LEXINGTON — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who has launched an ad responding to critical commercials from an outside Republican group, said the emergence of that organization has forced his campaign to adjust — but not panic.

Up by 31 points in the most recent public poll by SurveyUSA, Beshear has a reason to be confident. But he said he is still “running like we’re 10 points behind.”

Independent expenditure groups have had a steady presence in this governor’s race.

The Republican Governor’s Association formed one this summer. But after running two ads on behalf of GOP candidate David Williams, that organization has packed up.

Democrats formed a group this summer called Kentucky Family Values. It ran several ads, including one criticizing Republican nominee David Williams. But it has been off the air for nearly a month.

Then Restoring America began running ads last week, prompting Beshear’s campaign to spend more money on TV to respond.

Earlier in the week, Williams declined to talk about Restoring America and their ads. By law, candidates and outside groups cannot coordinate strategies.

Williams told Pure Politics he’s usually as surprised as anyone when the ads air.

It’s unclear what effect the new round of ads have had on the race. No public polls have been released since Restoring America ramped up. When asked whether he’s conducted any internal polling that shows Restoring America having an effect, Williams dodged the question but said he believes the race will tighten down the stretch.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston and Don Weber.


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