Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2011

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Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2011
Kentucky
2007 ←
November 8, 2011 → 2015

  Steve Beshear by Gage Skidmore.jpg David L. Williams.jpg
Nominee Steve Beshear David L. Williams Gatewood Galbraith
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Running mate Jerry Abramson Richie Farmer Dea Riley
Popular vote 464,245 294,034 74,860
Percentage 55.72% 35.29% 8.99%

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County Results

Governor before election

Steve Beshear
Democratic

Elected Governor

Steve Beshear
Democratic

The Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2011 was held to elect the Governor of Kentucky on November 8, 2011. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear won re-election, defeating Republican challenger David L. Williams, then the president of the state senate, and Gatewood Galbraith, an independent candidate.

Background[edit]

On July 19, 2009, Beshear announced his intention to run for re-election. However in that announcement, he stated that then-Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson would be his running mate in 2011[1] due to the fact that current Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo had chosen to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.[2] Kentucky state law requires that gubernatorial candidates file to run with running mates, otherwise they cannot legally raise money. Beshear wanted to fundraise and this would have required Mongiardo also saying that he was running in 2011, which he couldn't do.[3] Beshear and Abramson did not face any opposition for the Democratic nomination.

Among Republicans, Kentucky State Senate President David Williams from Burkesville announced his official candidacy along with running mate Richie Farmer, the term-limited State Agriculture Commissioner and former Kentucky Wildcats basketball player.[4] Louisville businessman Phil Moffett also announced his ticket with State Representative Mike Harmon from Danville as his running mate.[5] Moffett was seen as the Tea Party favorite. [6] However, Williams also advocated for similar positions as Moffett, such as the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution [7] and promoting tax reforms similar to what Moffett proposed.

Attorney Gatewood Galbraith of Lexington filed to run his fourth gubernatorial campaign as an independent on July 4, 2009, choosing marketing consultant Dea Riley as his running mate.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democrat Primary Results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Beshear 446,048 100%
Totals 446,048 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County Clerk
    • Running mate: Bill Vermillion, retired U.S. Navy master chief
  • Phil Moffett, Louisville businessman[8][9] and Tea Party activist[6]
    • Running mate: Mike Harmon, State Representative
  • David L. Williams, State Senate president and former State Representative[10]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bobbie
Holsclaw
Phil
Moffett
David
Williams
Undecided
Survey USA May 4-10, 2011 500 ± 4.5% 12% 21% 47% 21%
Survey USA April 8-13, 2011 507 ± 4.4% 12% 14% 49% 25%

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Williams 68,528 48%
Republican Phil Moffett 53,966 38%
Republican Bobbie Holsclaw 19,614 14%
Totals 142,108 %

Independents[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Gatewood Galbraith, attorney, industrial hemp advocate and perennial candidate
    • Running mate: Dea Riley, political consultant

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Steve
Beshear (D)
David
Williams (R)
Gatewood
Galbraith (I)
Undecided
Survey USA October 28-November 1, 2011 576 ± 4.2% 54% 29% 9% 8%
Braun Research October 17-19, 2011 802 ± 3.5% 54% 26% 8% 12%
Survey USA September 22-27, 2011 569 ± 4.2% 57% 26% 8% 9%
Braun Research August 29-31, 2011 803 ± 3.5% 54% 25% 7% 14%
Public Policy Polling[dead link] August 25-28, 2011 600 ± 4.0% 55% 28% 10% 8%
Survey USA July 22-27, 2011 512 ± 4.4% 52% 28% 9% 11%
Braun Research June 6-8, 2011 802 ± 3.5% 51% 30% 6% 14%
Survey USA April 8-13, 2011 1,589 ± 2.5% 51% 39% 10%
Braun Research February 28 - March 1, 2011 804 ± 3.5% 48% 38% 14%
Public Policy Polling October 28-30, 2010 1,021 ± 3.1% 44% 35% 21%
Mason-Dixon October 18-19, 2010 625 ± 4.0% 45% 30% 5% 20%
Public Policy Polling September 11–12, 2010 959 ± 3.2% 44% 39% 17%
Braun Research August 30 - September 1, 2010 802 ± 3.5% 44% 38% 18%
Braun Research July 19-21, 2010 803 ± 3.4% 48% 30% 20%

Results[edit]

Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Steve Beshear 464,245 55.72% -2.99 %
Republican David L. Williams 294,034 35.29% -6.00%
Independent Gatewood Galbraith 74,860 8.99% +8.99%
Majority 170,211 +20.43% +3.02%
Total votes 833,139
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerth, Joseph (2009-07-19). "Abramson to be Beshear's running mate in 2011". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ Ronnie Ellis (2009-03-27). "Beshear endorses Mongiardo for Senate". News-tribune.net. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/30/2426987_mongiardo-considers-running-for.html
  4. ^ Alford, Roger (2009-10-28). "Farmer mulls run for governor". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Joe (2010-07-29). "Phil Moffett announces candidacy for governor | WHAS11.com Louisville". Whas11.com. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  6. ^ a b AP Dec 30th, Political hired guns look to Ky. governor's race
  7. ^ Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald Leader Nov 19, 2010 Williams pushes repeal of 17th amendment
  8. ^ "Louisville businessman Phil Moffett running for governor : Bluegrass Politics". Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Republican Phil Moffett announces gubernatorial campaign, hopes for Tea Party support". Apex MediaWire. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-29. [dead link]
  10. ^ Brammer, Jack (2010-09-02). "David Williams and Richie Farmer form slate to seek state's top offices". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2010-09-02. [dead link]
  11. ^ "KY - Election Results". Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  12. ^ "KY - Election Results". Retrieved 2012-08-18. 

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