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Kentucky governor race: Down to the wire

The most recent Bluegrass poll shows Matt Bevin leading by 27 percent; James Comer with 26 percent and Hal Heiner at 25 percent. (FOX19 NOW) The most recent Bluegrass poll shows Matt Bevin leading by 27 percent; James Comer with 26 percent and Hal Heiner at 25 percent. (FOX19 NOW)
The race for Kentucky's new governor is intense. Candidates: Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will Scott. (FOX19 NOW) The race for Kentucky's new governor is intense. Candidates: Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will Scott. (FOX19 NOW)
The race for governor in Kentucky is getting intense.  

The "Washington Post" calling this race one of the top five governor's races in the nation.  

There are four candidates running on the Republican ticket, but most polls are showing this race is essentially a three-way-tie between the top candidates.  

The three front runners are: businessman Matt Bevin, State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner.  A fourth candidate, retired state Supreme Court Justice Will Scott rounds out the contenders.

The most recent Bluegrass Poll conducted for several Kentucky media outlets shows Bevin leading the pack by 27 percent, Comer with 26 percent and Heiner at 25 percent.  

The candidates have similar views on major issues. All four agree the state should get rid of the common core educational standards.

The winner will have to face the democratic candidate for governor in November.  Attorney General Jack Conway and Geoffrey Young are running in Tuesday's primary.  

The latest Bluegrass Poll shows Conway easily defeating Young in the primary.  The poll also showing Conway leading the Republican candidates.   

On the Democratic side, many voters are paying close attention to the loss of jobs in the coal industry and how the candidates plan to handle that issue in Eastern Kentucky.  Climate change is also a big issue.

Voters will also have the chance to cast their ballots for attorney general, state treasurer, secretary of state and commissioner of agriculture.

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