The Republican President of the Kentucky State Senate tells CN2 that he is interested in running for Governor next year.

David Williams says he’s “looking very closely” at making the bid, and that he’s been in talks with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who has been rumored as a possible Lieutenant Governor contender.

CN2 has also commissioned a poll on the potential match-up.

In the poll, conducted by Braun Research Inc. of Princeton, N.J., respondents were asked if the 2011 election were held today whether they would vote for Williams or Beshear for governor. Of those who answered the question, 48.2% picked Beshear and 29.5% picked Williams with another 19.3% saying they were undecided.

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