Governor's Race Watch

The Kentucky governor's race is being watched "very closely" by the national political parties, according to Tim Russert, host of NBC's "Meet the Press". He made comments to reporters in Louisville, Ky. on July 17, 2007.

He said if Democrat Steve Beshear wins, it will signal Republicans are vulnerable in close races nationwide. He went on to discuss Ky. politics, saying he believes Senator Mitch McConnell might have been damaged by his support of the Iraq war.