No Rest for Campaigners

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Republican nominee Ernie Fletcher and Democratic Nominee Steve Beshear will face off in November.

Although voter turnout was low on May 22, 2007, with an estimated 21 percent of the state's voters turning out at the polls, Governor Fletcher managed to pull in more than 50 percent of Kentucky Republicans in the state's primary election.

Beshear came in with more than 40 percent of Democrats narrowly missing a runoff with Bruce Lunsford.

Beshear and Fletcher both vowed in their speeches last night to push forward with campaigning until November.

Although their messages have been quite different, they both sounded a lot alike poking fun at what some said were their chances.

"I guess we answered the 'electability' question," was the first thing Governor Fletcher said Tuesday night.

"It took me 20 years to win this election," Beshear joked.

Both men do have some room to brag - they beat out some interesting odds. Beshear won the crowded Democratic field beating out four other candidates including Lunsford, a millionaire businessman.

"I just got off the phone with Bruce Lunsford who told me I have his support," Beshear said.

On the Republican side, Governor Fletcher roared back from an early deficit for a commanding win taking more than 50 percent of the vote.

"Talking about the issues; talking about the vision; talking about what we've done for Kentuckians. You can win! That's a tremendous statement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Fletcher explained.

While Beshear, a Lexington attorney and son of a Baptist preacher, made gambling the centerpiece of his gubernatorial primary campaign, Fletcher said he doesn't endorse legalizing gambling in Kentucky, but was careful to say that he would not stand in the way of voters deciding for themselves.

For more information on Steve Beshear, visit his website by clicking here and to for more information on Governor Fletcher, visit his website by clicking here.


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