KENTUCKY 8 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Board of Elections)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.                     4,467,673
Total Registration, Nov. 2020                                              >  
                          

Kentucky has: 120 counties. 
Largest counties (100,000-plus): Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Boone, Warren and Hardin. > 
Largest cities: Louisville-Jefferson, Lexington-Fayette.

Government
Governor: Andy Beshear (D) elected in 2019.
State Legislature: Kentucky Legislature   House: 100 seats   Senate: 38 seats
Local: Counties KACo  Municipalities KLC  NACO
U.S. House: 5R, 1D  - 1. J.Comer (R) | 2. B.Guthrie (R) | 3. J.Yarmuth (D) | 4. T.Massie (R) | 5. H.Rogers (R) | 6. A.Barr (R).  >
U.S. Senate: Mitch McConnell (R) seeking re-election in 2020, Rand Paul (R) re-elected in 2016. 
2020
Note: The 2019 race for governor set the stage for 2020.
U.S. Senate:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and seeking a seventh term, faces Amy McGrath, a Marine fighter pilot who was the Democratic nominee in CD-6 in 2018.  McGrath defeated state Rep. Charles Booker, who attracted support of prominent progressives, in the June 23 primary.  Also running is Brad Barron (L)McConnell is a top target for Democrats, and a lot of money is flowing into this race.
U.S. House:  All six Members are seeking re-election.
State Legislature: 
All 100 House seats and
19 seats are up.
Ballot Measures:  Kentuckians will decide two constitutional amendments.  Amendment 1 would add a section to the constitution on victims' rights.  Amendment 2 would adjust the terms of Commonwealth's Attorneys and judges of the district court and require district judges to have been licensed attorneys for at least eight years.

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The Bluegrass State
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 5, 2020.
Election Calendar

   A May 27 lawsuit led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law eased a photo ID requirement for the Nov. 3 election and broadened the reasons a voter can cite to qualify to vote by mail (+). 
   On Aug. 14 Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order formalizing an agreement reached with Sec. of State Michael Adams to ensure Kentuckians can vote safely (+).

On the ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


West/Tidball (Ind.)


Pierce/Ballard (Ind.)





Overview: The Republican presidential ticket has carried Kentucky by solid margins since 2000.
Democratic Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, May 19, 2020 June 23, 2020
Democrats
60 Delegates: 36 District, 12 At-Large, 6 PLEO, 6 Unpledged.
Republicans




General Election Winners in Kentucky, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
44.55%
Clinton
45.84%
Bush
56.50%
Bush
59.55%
McCain
57.40%
Romney
60.49%
Trump
62.52%
  and the details...

General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,276,651.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.7%.



Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016.


Official Results >

 
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,202,971
(62.52)
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
628,854
(32.68)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
53,752
(2.79)
McMullin/Johson (Ind.)
22,780
(1.18)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
13,913
(0.72)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (AmD)
1,128
(0.06)
write-ins (23)
751
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Total........1,924,149

Overview: The Republican ticket has carried Kentucky by solid margins since 2000 and that did not change in 2016.   Trump-Pence achieved a plurality of 574,117 votes (29.84 percentage points), carrying 118 of 120 counties.  Clinton carried only the two largest counties, Jefferson and Fayette, and her showing was worse than Obama's in 2012.  In terms of visits, Donald Trump did a fundraiser at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington on the evening of July 11.  Voters in Northern Kentucky picked up some of the campaign through carry over from media  in neighboring Ohio.  Eastern Kentucky is coal country, where the "war on coal" is a familiar theme.
    In a Dec. 4, 2015 lawsuit, Libertarian Party of Kentucky v. Grimes, the state Libertarian and the Constitution parties challenged Kentucky's ballot access requirements, which are predicated on a party's presidential candidate receiving more than 2 percent of the vote in the previous election (thereby becoming a "qualified political party" for four years).  On July 8, 2016 U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled against them (>).
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]


General Election - Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,152,629.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.9%.



Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2012.


Official Results >

 
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,087,190
(60.49)
Obama/Biden (Dem.) 679,370
(37.80)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
6,337
(0.35)
Terry/Smith (Ind.)
6,872
(0.38)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
17,063
(0.94)
write-ins 380

Total........1,797,212

2012 Overview
President Obama's embarassing showing in the primary presaged a poor showing in the general election.  Romney/Ryan achieved a plurality of 407,820 votes (22.69 percentage points), carrying 116 counties to four for Obama/Biden (Jefferson, Fayette, Franklin and Elliott).  The vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville marked the highlight of the presidential campaign in Kentucky.  There were a few other visits.  Mitt Romney did a fundraiser in the Louisville area on April 19 and Ann Romney did one in Lexington on Sept. 19.  Libertarian VP nominee Jim Gray toured a small business in the Louisville area on Aug. 6.  Green VP nominee Cheri Honkala visited coinciding with the debate and did events in Kentucky on Oct. 10-12.
Obama  | 
(Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,156,794.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.9%.

Total Registration: 2,906,809.
Dem. 1,662,093 (57.18%)   Rep. 1,053,871 (36.26%)   Other 190,845 (6.57%)

Official Results >


+McCain/Palin (Rep.)
1,048,462
(57.40)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
751,985
(41.17)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
15,378
(0.84)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
5,989
(0.33)
Baldwin/Thornsberry (Const.)
4,694
(0.26)
Total........1,826,508

2008 Overview
McCain-Palin prevailed with a plurality of 296,477 votes (16.23 percentage points), carrying 112 counties to just 8 for Obama.  In terms of congressional districts, McCain carried all but the 3rd CD.  In terms of 2008 campaign activity, Sen. McCain attended a fundraiser at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on June 28, and Sen. Biden attended a fundraiser at the downtown Marriott in Louisville on Sept. 24; Gov. Palin came close with her Oct. 29 stop in Jeffersonville, IN, across the river from Louisville.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader


General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,057,741.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.7%.

Total Registration: 2,794,286.
Dem. 1,615,349 (57.81%)   Rep. 996,663 (35.67%)   Other 182,274 (6.52%)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,069,439
(59.55)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
712,733
(39.69)
Nader/Camejo (Ind.) 8,856 (0.49)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 2,619
(0.14)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.)
2,213
(0.12)
Total........1,795,860
 




2004 Overview
The Kerry campaign had a brief presence in the state after the Democratic Convention, but pulled out after about six weeks.  Bush improved upon his 2000 showing, gaining a plurality of 356,706 votes (19.86 percentage points).  Bush carried 109 counties to 11 for Kerry.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush/Cheney '04

General Election - Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 2,955,628.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 52.2%.

Total Registration: 2,556,815. 
Dem. 1,539,562 (60.21%)   Rep. 846,621 (33.11%)   Other 170,632 (6.67%)
Official Results


+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 872,492
(56.50)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
 638,898
(41.38)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
 23,192
(1.50)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
 4,173
(0.27)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
 2,896
(0.19)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP )
 1,533
(0.10)
Phillips/Sobran (Const. )
 923
(0.06)
G.D. Strickland (w/in)
80
Total........1,544,187
Total Voting: 1,568,058.
Turnout: 61.3% of 2,556,815 registered voters.
2000 Overview
In 1996 Kentucky ended up as the closest state percentagewise in the presidential election, giving Clinton a margin of just 0.96%.  2000 saw a very different story as Bush handily won Kentucky's eight electoral votes, racking up a plurality of 233,594 votes (15.12 percentage points).  Bush carried 105 counties to 15 for Gore.  A highlight of the campaign was the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville on Oct. 5.
General Election Activity

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.)........665,104
(44.55)
Bush (Rep.)............617,178
(41.34)
Perot (Ind.)............ 203,944
(13.66)
Others (4+w/in)..........6,674
(0.45)
Total........1,492,900

1996
Clinton (Dem.)........636,614
(45.84)
Dole (Rep.)............623,283
(44.88)
Perot (Ref.)............120,396 
(8.67)
Others (3+w/ins)........8,415
(0.61)
Total........1,388,708