Kentucky’s sitting Democratic Governor Steve Beshear appears to be retaining his seat as early reports make it clear that he has a significant lead over both his Republican and Independent challengers. With nearly half of the state’s precincts reporting results, Beshear has nearly 60 percent of the vote, with Republican David Williams winning 31.5 percent and Independent Gatewood Galbraith receiving 10 percent. With Beshear’s likely victory, the governor’s mansion will remain in Democratic hands.
Meanwhile, as results begin to trickle in from Mississippi, it’s appearing clear that Republican Lt. Governor Phil Bryant is likely to take over for Governor Haley Barbour, with a early returns showing a two to one advantage over Democrat Johnny DuPree. As of this point, votes on Amendment 26, the bill that wants to redefine a fertilized egg as a legal person, is still too close to call, although no’s are currently leading. We will update on that race separately.
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