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11/6/2007

Election 2007: Kentucky Governor (Updated)

Filed under: Current Events — DRJ @ 5:34 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

It looks like there will be a new Governor in Kentucky and a change of party. As of 8:30 EST, unofficial election results show incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) trailing former Lt. Governor Steven Beshear (D) with well over half the precincts reporting:

“County Statistics
Total Counties: 120
Counties Reporting: 91
Counties Complete: 71

Precinct Statistics
Total Precincts: 3,543
Precincts Reporting: 2,524
Precincts Complete: 71.2%

Voter Statistics
Total Registered: 2,840,898
Total Voted: 736,224
% Voted: 25.9%

GOVERNOR/LT.GOV ELECTION RESULTS
Candidate Party Votes Overall %
Beshear & Mongiardo D 442,649 60.1%
Fletcher & Rudolph R 293,575 39.9%”

Beshear held a significant lead in pre-election polling, probably due in part to Fletcher’s indictment last year:

“Fletcher, elected in 2003 on a promise to “clean up the mess in Frankfort”, was indicted a year ago in an alleged scheme to reward political supporters with protected state jobs. Fletcher called the indictment a political witch hunt and the indictment was dismissed in a negotiated settlement with prosecutors.”

It looks like the GOP needs some ethics lessons.

Update 1: The AP has called this for Beshear. He leads Fletcher 58.9% to 41.1% with over 90% of the precincts reporting.

Update 2: Unofficial results from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website with 99.9% of the precincts reporting –

GOVERNOR/LT.GOV ELECTION RESULTS
Candidate Party Votes Overall %
Beshear & Mongiardo D 619,654 58.7%
Fletcher & Rudolph R 435,857 41.3%

By the way, Haley Barbour is expected to win re-election as Mississippi’s Governor.

— DRJ

9 Responses to “Election 2007: Kentucky Governor (Updated)”

  1. The nutroots called this one a couple of months ago and based it on the corruption issue. They seem to think they also had strength in the down ticket races also to do a sweep.

    Their next big hope is Virginia which I haven’t seen any data on yet.

    daytrader (ea6549)

  2. As of 8:45 EST with 84.3% of the precincts reporting:

    Candidate Party Votes Overall %
    Beshear & Mongiardo D 520,224 59.4%
    Fletcher & Rudolph R 355,214 40.6%

    DRJ (5c60fb)

  3. Thank God Alberto Gonzales turned the Justice Dept. into a GOP coddling, Dem persecuting, scandal ridden, wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton.

    Otherwise a Dem. might have won Kentucky.

    WLS (bafbcb)

  4. Fletcher deserves the boot, to be sure, but he was not without some positives. He took steps to clean up one of the worst, if not the worst Workers Compensation adjudication systems in the country.

    JD (49efd3)

  5. WLS, you’re not even making an argument. You lost that battle a long time ago. All that’s left is for you to behave like a hack, without pretense. So fuck you
    Of course I could ask if it was a federal grand jury.

    blah (fb88b3)

  6. Well well blah — you have a point, and I must confess error.

    Fletcher was indicted by a state grand jury, not a federal grand jury.

    But thank god Gonzalez turned the Justice Dept. into a GOP coddling, Dem persecuting, scandal ridden, wholly owned subsidiary of the Halliburton, otherwise the rising star of the California Orange County Dem. Party, Mike Carona, would never have been indicted last week for corruption.

    What? Carona’s a Republican?

    Someone get Rove on the phone!!!!!!!!!!!

    WLS (bafbcb)

  7. Don’t tease blah, WLS, or he’ll show you and post a link.

    SPQR (6c18fd)

  8. George Ryan is reporting to prison tomorrow. I could have told him to invest all his bribe money in Halliburton but did he ask me?

    nk (580aa7)

  9. I noticed that Kentucky’s election makes CNN’s front page the day of the election. However, I had trouble finding out about Louisiana’s election of Bobby Jindal until the day after the election.

    No, I don’t perceive any liberal bias in the media. /rolls eyes

    SomeOtherSteve (710e97)


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