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Kentucky's Dem governor files for red-state reelection bid

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, center, and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, left, look on as Secretary of State Michael Adams stamps the paperwork officially entering the race for reelection in Frankfort, Ky., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Fresh off attending an event trumpeting Kentucky's largest-ever economic development project, Democratic Gov. Beshear filed for reelection Monday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, center, and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, left, look on as Secretary of State Michael Adams stamps the paperwork officially entering the race for reelection in Frankfort, Ky., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Fresh off attending an event trumpeting Kentucky's largest-ever economic development project, Democratic Gov. Beshear filed for reelection Monday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)



Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has filed for reelection next year. The Democratic governor is touting his work to increase jobs, expand health care and support teachers. He filed the paperwork Monday after attending an event trumpeting the state's largest-ever economic development project.

Polling has consistently showed the governor receiving high job-performance ratings from Kentuckians. But Beshear faces a tough reelection fight in a state trending heavily in favor of Republicans.

GOP candidates are lining up for the chance to challenge him next year. Beshear's term has been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and horrific
tornadoes and flooding.