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Pulling the Plug on Fletcher?

Al Cross says Kentucky Republicans are so unhappy with Governor Ernie Fletcher some leaders have begun to whisper about the future:

Fletcher is so weak that key people in his own Republican Party are talking about "pulling the plug" on the first GOP governor in 32 years -- one who was elected by more than 10 percentage points, a record for a Republican in this state, but has largely lost the confidence of party leaders who paved his way into office.

Cross mentions 1st District Rep. Ed Whitfield and Lt. Gov. Steve Pence as possible replacements if Fletcher, whose 32% job approval rating is currently third worst in the nation, decides not to stand for reelection in 2007.