2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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  Matt Bevin (cropped).jpg Attorney-General-Andy-Beshear.jpg
Nominee Matt Bevin Andy Beshear
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Ralph Alvarado Jacqueline Coleman

Incumbent Governor

Matt Bevin
Republican



The 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election will take place on November 5 to choose the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. Three slates will be on the ballot:[1]

  • Matt Bevin, Republican, incumbent, running with Ralph Alvarado for Lieutenant Governor.
  • Andy Beshear, Democrat, running with Jaqueline Coleman for Lieutenant Governor.
  • John Hicks, Libertarian, running with Ann Cormican for Lieutenant Governor.

Major-party primary elections occurred on May 21, 2019.[2] Incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin was renominated by the Republican Party, and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear won the Democratic nomination.[3]

Bevin announced on January 25, 2019, that he would run for a second term, choosing State Senator Ralph Alvarado as his running mate over current Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton.[4] Since the state's constitutional prohibition of governors serving consecutive terms was repealed in 1992, no Republican Governor of Kentucky has ever been elected to consecutive terms. The only Republican to run for reelection, Ernie Fletcher, was defeated by Democrat Steve Beshear in 2007.


Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

  • Robert Goforth, State Representative[6]
  • Ike Lawrence, candidate for Mayor of Lexington in 2018
    • Running mate: James Anthony Rose, semi-retired
  • William Woods, candidate for the 66th district in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012[7]
    • Running mate: Justin Miller, mathematics and middle grades educator[8]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Matt Bevin
U.S. Executive Branch officials
Individuals
Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin
Robert
Goforth
Ike
Lawrence
William
Woods
Undecided
Cygnal May 10–12, 2019 600 ± 4.0% 56% 18% 2% 1% 23%

Results[edit]

County results
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Bevin (incumbent) 136,060 52.4%
Republican Robert Goforth 101,343 39.0%
Republican William Woods 14,004 5.4%
Republican Ike Lawrence 8,447 3.3%
Total votes 259,854 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Rocky Adkins
Statewide officials
Andy Beshear
Statewide officials
Adam Edelen
Members of the Kentucky legislature
Current and Former Elected Officials
Media
Groups

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Rocky
Adkins
Andy
Beshear
Adam
Edelen
Undecided
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)[A] Apr 15–18, 2019 601 ± 4.0% 17% 44% 16% 23%
ALG Research (D)[B] Apr 11–15, 2019 500 22% 43% 23%
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)[A] Feb 4–7, 2019 603 ± 4.0% 17% 55% 7% 21%

Results[edit]

County results
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andy Beshear 149,438 37.9%
Democratic Rocky Adkins 125,970 31.9%
Democratic Adam Edelen 110,159 27.9%
Democratic Geoff Young 8,923 2.3%
Total votes 394,490 100.0%

Libertarian convention[edit]

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is currently recognized as a "political organization" under state law, a status that grants the party ballot access, but denies it a state-operated primary.[1] Libertarian candidates were nominated at the party's nominating convention, held in March 2019.[48][49]

Nominated[edit]

Other candidates[edit]

Declared

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[52] Tossup April 19, 2019
Inside Elections[53] Lean R April 19, 2019
Sabato's Crystal Ball[54] Lean R December 6, 2018

Endorsements[edit]

Matt Bevin (R)
U.S. Executive Branch officials
Individuals
Andy Beshear (D)
Statewide officials
State and local politicians
Labor unions
Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin (R)
Andy
Beshear (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing Jun 11–12, 2019 741 ± 3.6% 48% 42% 10%
Mason-Dixon Dec 12–15, 2018 625 ± 4.0% 40% 48% 12%
Hypothetical polling
with Rocky Adkins
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin (R)
Rocky
Adkins (D)
Undecided
Mason-Dixon Dec 12–15, 2018 625 ± 4.0% 41% 42% 17%
with Alison Lundergan Grimes
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin (R)
Alison Lundergan
Grimes (D)
Undecided
Mason-Dixon Dec 12–15, 2018 625 ± 4.0% 47% 46% 7%
with generic Democrat
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin (R)
Generic
Democrat
Undecided
Public Policy Polling (D)[C] May 6–7, 2019 676 ± 3.8% 39% 49% 11%

Results[edit]

Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Matt Bevin (incumbent)
Democratic Andy Beshear
Libertarian John Hicks
Total votes

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Partisan clients
  1. ^ a b Poll sponsored by the Andy Beshear campaign
  2. ^ Poll sponsored by the Adam Edelen campaign
  3. ^ Poll sponsored by End Citizens United

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites