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Nov 7, 2011- Busy Election Day Eve

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Polling indicates decisive results in tomorrow's big races in Kentucky and Ohio.

Ahead of a vote on the contoversial Senate Bill 5 in Ohio, Public Policy Polling released a new poll showing 59 percent of voters plan to reject the measure while 36 percent will vote in support of it.

"If this margin holds on Tuesday night it will be a humiliating defeat for John Kasich," says PPP in a news release.

 

The pollsters ad, "The news isn't all bad for Ohio Republicans though. Issue 3, where a yes vote is being framed as a rejection of Barack Obama's health care plan, is leading for passage by a 49-35 margin. That represents a significant tightening from 3 weeks ago when PPP found the measure ahead by a 55-24 margin, but it might be difficult for the 'no' side to make up another 14 points in the final 36 hours before the polls open."

Issue 2 is drawing far more attention as an indicator of what to expect in 2012 as opposed to Kentucky's governor's race, as the Obama campaign and Republicans look at this crucial swing state.

Kentucky voters appear prepared to hand incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D) a decisive victory tomorrow. While that should be good news for the Obama White House after Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's narrow victory in West Virginia, many political analysts seem to think this race has been more about the personalities of the candidates involved as opposed to a referendum on national issues.

We'll have live coverage tomorrow from Kentucky, where I'll be covering the governor's race. Randy Yohe will be live in Southeast Ohio talking about Issue 2 and some local races.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams is keeping up his blistering criticism of Gov. Steve Beshear in a final campaign push that's taking him to seven cities around Kentucky.

Williams started an election-eve fly-around Monday in Louisville, where he said the Democratic incumbent has no plan to create jobs. The challenger accused Beshear of misleading voters about a bleak outlook for the state budget.

Beshear, who is seeking a second term, has widely touted his budget-balancing credentials amid a struggling economy.

Williams is making stops in Lexington, Hazard, Owensboro, Paducah and Bowling Green before wrapping up his campaign with a rally in his hometown of Burkesville.

Beshear, who has a commanding lead in the polls, is holding an evening rally in Louisville.

The other candidate in the race is independent Gatewood Galbraith.

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