Political prognosticators are predicting a sweeping victory for Gov. Steve Beshear, which could help several other Democrats on the ticket below him.
It's not clear, however, whether that will hold true in the race for state treasurer.
The current officeholder, Todd Hollenbach, has the benefit of incumbency, but in the most recent campaign reports, his challenger, Republican KC Crosbie, had nearly twice as much cash on hand, a total of $181,000. Hollenbach reported $101,638.
Last week, in fact, Crosbie taped television commercials for the last days before the election.
"I've worked really hard," said Crosbie, who serves on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. "I think when I have a chance to talk to people and they hear my message that I've been able to generate a lot of support and excitement for a race that might not receive a lot."
The third candidate is Libertarian Ken Moellman, an information technology specialist who is campaigning on a platform to eliminate the treasurer's office.
Crosbie is running on her record as a city council member who she says has worked in a bipartisan manner to curb spending and increase government accountability.
"I've shown I can work well with others, regardless of our party registrations," she said. "I have a proven record of being a good listener and being open and making decisions based on what I hear."
Crosbie said she would do a better job than Hollenbach in the treasurer's role of returning unclaimed property and improving financial literacy.
The treasurer also issues about 10 million checks a year and oversees 7 million electronic bank transfers each year.
Crosbie said she would perform a checks and balance role on executive spending, for example, refusing to issue a check if she disagreed with it.
Out on the trail, Crosbie criticizes Hollenbach's time in office, saying that he hired people at high salaries and that he has not reconciled Kentucky's books.
Hollenbach, however, argues that he has created "the most efficient office in state government," one that started with reconciling all of Kentucky's books under a new computer program.
He says that he made major cuts in the office's budget, including not hiring a press secretary, and eliminating $50,000 a year in lawyers' fees by doing much of that work himself. Hollenbach worked as a lawyer in Louisville before being elected in 2007.
The staff even cleans its offices, Hollenbach said, and a few months after he was elected, he got rid of his state car and stopped being reimbursed for travel expenses.
Hollenbach also points to financial literacy programs that he's conducted in high schools, 61 this year. And he says that during his tenure, the office set a record for returning $50 million in unclaimed property to Kentucky residents.
Looking forward, Hollenbach says he wants to help the state become leaner, with closer looks at budgeting and tax reform.
"If there's a silver lining to be had to the economic crisis, it's that everyone has had to be more creative," he said. "It would be a crime if we don't find ways to institutionalize those ways of savings for future generations."
Moellman wants to take cost savings the final step, by eliminating the treasurer's office, which he says is merely ceremonial now that issuing checks and balancing the state's budget is completely computerized.
"I automated myself out of two jobs," Moellman said, using computer programs to replace human functions.
As former chairman of Kentucky's Libertarian Party, he was trying to find candidates and realized he was qualified to run for treasurer and even more qualified to get rid of the post.
"This is an administrative job, and it's impractical," he said. "I'm up here saying, here's the unnecessary spending; the reality is that the average taxpayer would never know the difference."
The unclaimed property division could be moved to the secretary of state's office, Moellman said.
While largely ceremonial, the treasurer's office has been seen as a steppingstone to higher office, particularly for political newcomers.
But Moellman says he has no aspirations for any more politics.
"I haven't really enjoyed this process," he said. "The only reason I did it was to accomplish what needs to be done."