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AP Projects Some Winners

At 8PM CST The Associated Press is saying that Kentucky has come to its senses, but Mississippi still isn’t thinking clearly: Ky. governor loses bid for 2nd term; Miss. governor likely to win

(CNN) — Republican Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher lost his bid for a second term Tuesday, while his GOP counterpart in Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour, was expected to breeze to victory in the marquee races of the 2007 off-year elections.

With about 76 percent of the precincts reporting in Kentucky, Democrat Steve Beshear was carrying 60 percent of the vote, well ahead of Fletcher at 40 percent, according to results from the state elections board. The Associated Press projected Beshear would win.

Meanwhile, polls have closed in Mississippi, where pre-election opinion surveys put Barbour — mentioned as a GOP vice presidential possibility next year — well ahead of Democrat John Eaves.

Barbour is playing a shell game with the reconstruction money, trying to avoid helping the Gulf Coast to rebuild, so the poor people who live along the coast will make the land available for condo builders.

Fletcher was entirely too blatant in hiring cronys for state jobs and is paying the price.