FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear rallied with five Democratic candidates for statewide office on Monday ahead of the November general elections.
Most Kentucky Democrats spent the last election cycle fleeing from the party’s standard bearer, President Barack Obama, because of his deep unpopularity in the state. But Beshear’s approval ratings remain north of 50 percent after seven years in office.
Beshear’s popularity comes despite his open embrace of the federal Affordable Care Act, disliked by many in this state for its association with Obama. Jack Conway, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, said he plans to campaign with Beshear often across the state.
The four Republican candidates for governor have offered subtle criticisms of Beshear on the campaign trail, promising to take the state in a new direction.