Candidates' focus on turnout as Democrats make final push

11/07/2011 12:35 PM

LEXINGTON — The 2011 Democratic slate is spending the final hours before the polls open Tuesday morning to try to fight complacency.

Most of the candidates on the Democratic slate started the fall campaign with double digit leads in public polling and all but two of them hold fundraising advantages over their Republican counterparts. But since the news has been good for so long, Democrats are trying to make sure their base gets off the couch and to the polls.

And no one should take any win by any Democrat for granted, said U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, a Democrat representing Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.

While TV ads flood the airwaves, robo-calls ring on phones and mail pieces arrive in the final hours of the campaign, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told supporters that he still needs them to turnout on Tuesday to vote.

As the old saying goes, TV ads and polls don’t vote, so Beshear said the only way to win Tuesday night was to turnout loyal Democrats.

The governor was in high spirits on Sunday, when the Democrats embarked on the third day of a four-day campaign fly-around. And joined by the rest of the Democratic slate, he told supporters where the group was heading next on Sunday.

And he couldn’t help but sneak in a little joke about one of his biggest campaign platforms.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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