The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up



Incumbent: Steve Beshear (D) Running for Re-Election


Primary Election: May 17, 2011
General Election: November 8, 2011

STATUS: Incumbent Running for Reelection
RATING: Lean Democratic Retention

Steve Beshear (inc)

Phil Moffett
David Williams

2003 Result: Fletcher defeats Chandler, 55%-45%.
2007 Result:
Beshear defeats  Fletcher, 59%-41%.

Kentucky Gubernatorial Headlines

Local Blogs/Media:
Barefoot and Progressive

Local State Resources:
Kentucky State Board of Elections

cn|2 Politics: Beshear leads by 28 points, all Dems leading in statewide races (10/20/11)
Survey USA/Bluegrass Poll: Beshear holds overwhelming lead over Williams, 57-26%(9/29/11)
cn|2 Politics: Beshear pulling away, leads by 29 points (9/1/11)
Public Policy Polling: Beshear set to romp (leads 55-28), helping Dems down-ballot (8/30/11)
Survey USA: Beshear holds commanding lead, 52-28% (7/28/11)
cn|2 Politics: Beshear leads Williams by 21 following early ad blitz (6/9/11)
Survey USA/Bluegrass Poll: Williams/Farmer lead Moffett ticket by 26 points (5/11/11)
cn|2 Politics: Williams/Farmer lead GOP gov primary, with many undecideds (5/5/11)
Survey USA/Bluegrass Poll: Williams leads GOP, but Beshear comfortably ahead in general(4/14/11)
cn|2 Politics: Poll shows Beshear leading potential GOP challengers (3/3/11)
Got-Focus: (Williams internal) Williams holds huge lead in GOP primary, Williams 47%, Holsclaw 10%, Moffett 9% (2/7/11)
Public Policy Polling: Beshear in solid shape for 2011 reelection bid (11/9/10)