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3rd time no charm for Lunsford, Northup

Both multimillionaire Bruce Lunsford and former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup now qualify as three-time losers.

This time, at least, Lunsford got closer than he has in the past, losing to incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell by 6 percentage points.

But Lunsford got close in spite of, not because of, the campaign he ran. It left a lot to be desired. I am still stunned that, over the last week of the campaign, the Lunsford camp didn't air ads about the close ties McConnell has to the recently convicted Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

In a year that approached a perfect storm for Democrats nationwide, Northup never had a chance of regaining her former seat from Rep. John Yarmuth in the most progressive congressional district in the state.

Lunsford's desire to win an election is evidenced by the millions of his own wealth he committed to the three losing campaigns. So, he may try again.

But it's doubtful he will ever have a better chance than he had against McConnell.

Three losses in three straight years probably ends Northup's political career.

Change, what change? This is Kentucky

A majority of Americans voted for change Tuesday, but not a majority of Kentuckians. Voters in Kentucky voted for more of the same.

They voted for more of the same in the presidential race by backing John McCain.

They voted for more of the same in the U.S. House and Senate and more of the same in the state House and Senate. Sure, a couple of state House seats flipped parties and the Democrats added one vote to its majority. But that still amounts to more of the same.

As a result, Kentuckians will get more of the same from the folks they sent to Washington and Frankfort. In Washington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to obstruct progress may be tempered a bit by an increased Democratic majority.

But the lack of change in Frankfort suggests continued dysfunction in the General Assembly. Who can be happy about that?

Go to Kentucky.com to respond to columnist Larry Dale Keeling