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Politics Chat: Bevin-Beshear Race In Kentucky As Tight As Can Be

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Ryan C. Hermens
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Lexington Herald-Leader via AP

One of the most closely watched races in the country is in Kentucky, where Gov. Matt Bevin is running for re-election against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The latest Bluegrass Poll has the race at a dead heat with three weeks to go. WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the race, and how Bevin, whom polls show is the least popular governor in the country, appears to be riding the coattails of Donald Trump, who is far more popular in Kentucky.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.