2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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  Matt Bevin (cropped).jpg Andy Beshear at Teacher's Rally 13 April 2018.png
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] Incumbent Republican Matt Bevin is running for reelection. The Democratic nominee is Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. Libertarian John Hicks has also qualified for the ballot.

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 incumbent 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Governor Jenean Hampton.[4] Since the state's constitutional prohibition of governors serving consecutive terms was repealed in 1992, no Republican Governor of Kentucky has ever been elected to consecutive terms.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]

Declined[edit]

  • James Comer, incumbent U.S. Representative and candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 2015[9]

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 Research (D)[A] April 15–18, 2019 601 ± 4.0% 17% 44% 16% 23%
ALG Research (D)[B] April 11–15, 2019 500 22% 43% 23%
Garin-Hart-Yang Research (D)[A] February 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. Libertarian candidates were nominated at the party's nominating convention, held in March 2019.[38][39]

Nominated[edit]

  • John Hicks, IT consultant[40][38]
    • Running mate: Ann Cormican, factory worker[40][38]

Other candidates[edit]

Declared

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[42] Tossup October 15, 2019
Inside Elections[43] Tossup July 19, 2019
Sabato's Crystal Ball[44] Lean R October 12, 2019

Debates[edit]

Dates Location Bevin Beshear Hicks Link
October 3, 2019 Paducah, Kentucky Participant Participant Not Invited Full debate - Courier Journal

Endorsements[edit]

Matt Bevin (R)
Federal politicians
Individuals
Organizations
Andy Beshear (D)
Statewide officials
Local officials
Labor unions
Organizations
Individuals

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Bevin (R)
Andy
Beshear (D)
John
Hicks (L)
Undecided
Mason-Dixon October 10–13, 2019 625 ± 4.0% 46% 46% 1% 7%
Garin-Hart-Yang Research (D)[A] August 19–22, 2019 501 ± 4.4% 39% 48% 6% 7%
Clarity Campaign Labs (D)[C] August 12–13, 2019 792 ± 3.3% 39% 48% 5% 4%
Gravis Marketing June 11–12, 2019 741 ± 3.6% 48% 42% 10%
Mason-Dixon December 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 December 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 December 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)[D] 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 c Poll sponsored by the Andy Beshear campaign
  2. ^ Poll sponsored by the Adam Edelen campaign
  3. ^ Poll sponsored by Democratic Attorney General Association
  4. ^ Poll sponsored by End Citizens United

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites