Kentucky State Profile

Election Schedule

Repbulican Caucuses:2016-3-5
Presidential/State Primary:2016-5-17

Election Vitals

Governor:Steve Beshear (D) unable to seek re-election in 2015 due to term limits
Senator:Mitch McConnell (R) re-election 2020
Senator:Rand Paul (R) re-election 2016

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Past Presidential Elections

Percentage of Votes for Jimmy Carter in 1976 52.8%
Percentage of Votes for Gerald Ford in 1976 45.6%
Percentage of Votes for Jimmy Carter in 1980 47.6%
Percentage of Votes for Ronald Reagan in 1980 49.1%
Percentage of Votes for Walter Mondale in 1984 39.4%
Percentage of Votes for Ronald Reagan in 1984 60.0%
Percentage of Votes for Michael Dukakis in 1988 43.9%
Percentage of Votes for George Bush in 1988 55.5%
Percentage of Votes for Bill Clinton in 1992 44.6%
Percentage of Votes for George Bush in 1992 41.3%
Percentage of Votes for Bill Clinton in 1996 45.8%
Percentage of Votes for Bob Dole in 1996 44.9%
Percentage of Votes for Al Gore in 2000 41.4%
Percentage of Votes for George W. Bush in 2000 56.5%
Percentage of Votes for John Kerry in 2004 39.7%
Percentage of Votes for George W. Bush in 2004 59.6%
Percentage of Votes for Barack Obama in 2008 41.2%
Percentage of Votes for John McCain in 2008 57.4%
Percentage of Votes for Barack Obama in 2012 37.8%
Percentage of Votes for Mitt Romney in 2012 60.5%

Previous Election Results, other races

1996 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 724,794 55.5%
Steven Beshear Democratic 560,012 42.8%
Dennis Lacy Libertarian 8,595 0.7%
Patricia Metten Natural law 8,344 0.6%
Mac McElroy Taxpayers 5,284 0.4%
1996 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Steven Beshear Democratic 177,859 66.4%
Tom Barlow Democratic 64,235 24.0%
Shelby Lanier Jr. Democratic 25,856 9.6%
1996 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 88,620 88.6%
Tommy Klein Republican 11,410 11.4%
1998 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim Bunning Republican 569,817 49.7%
Scotty Baesler Democratic 563,051 49.2%
Charles Arbegust Reform 12,546 1.1%
1998 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Scotty Baesler Democratic 194,125 34.2%
Charlie Owen Democratic 166,472 29.3%
Steve Henry Democratic 156,576 27.6%
James Brown Democratic 19,975 3.5%
David Williams Democratic 16,366 2.9%
Ken Thompson Democratic 14,778 2.6%
1998 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim Bunning Republican 152,493 74.3%
Barry Metcalf Republican 52,798 25.7%
1999 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Paul Patton Democratic 352,099 61.0%
Peppy Martin Republican 128,788 22.3%
Gatewood Galbraith Reform 88,930 15.4%
Nailah Jumoke-Yarbrough Natural law 6,934 1.2%
1999 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Peppy Martin Republican 19,248 51.3%
David Williams Republican 18,295 48.7%
2002 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 731,679 64.7%
Lois Weinberg Democratic 399,634 35.3%
2002 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Lois Weinberg Democratic 231,013 50.1%
Tom Barlow Democratic 230,055 49.9%
2003 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Ernie Fletcher Republican 596,284 55.0%
A.B. Chandler Democratic 487,159 45.0%
2003 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
A.B. Chandler Democratic 143,150 50.2%
Jody Richards Democratic 132,627 46.5%
Otis Hensley Democratic 9,372 3.3%
2003 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Ernie Fletcher Republican 90,912 57.3%
Others Republican 67,616 42.7%
2004 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim Bunning Republican 873,507 50.7%
Daniel Mongiardo Democratic 850,855 49.3%
2004 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Daniel Mongiardo Democratic 142,162 64.9%
David Williams Democratic 76,807 35.1%
2004 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim Bunning Republican 96,545 84.0%
Barry Metcalf Republican 18,395 16.0%
2007 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Steven Beshear Democratic 619,552 58.7%
Ernie Fletcher Republican 435,773 41.3%
2008 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 953,816 53.0%
Bruce Lunsford Democratic 847,005 47.0%
2008 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Bruce Lunsford Democratic 316,992 51.1%
Greg Fischer Democratic 209,827 33.8%
David Williams Democratic 34,363 5.5%
James Rice Democratic 20,403 3.3%
Michael Cassaro Democratic 17,340 2.8%
Kenneth Stepp Democratic 13,451 2.2%
David Wylie Democratic 7,528 1.2%
2008 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 168,127 86.1%
Daniel Essek Republican 27,170 13.9%
2010 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Rand Paul Republican 755,411 55.7%
Jack Conway Democratic 599,843 44.3%
2010 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jack Conway Democratic 229,433 44.0%
Daniel Mongiardo Democratic 225,260 43.2%
Darlene Price Democratic 28,531 5.5%
James Buckmaster Democratic 20,561 3.9%
Maurice Sweeney Democratic 17,874 3.4%
2010 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Rand Paul Republican 206,986 58.8%
Trey Grayson Republican 124,864 35.4%
Bill Johnson Republican 7,861 2.2%
John Stephenson Republican 6,885 2.0%
Gurley Martin Republican 2,850 0.8%
Jon Scribner Republican 2,829 0.8%
2014 Senate
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 806,787 56.2%
Alison Lundergan Grimes Democratic 584,698 40.7%
David Patterson Libertarian 44,240 3.1%
2014 Senate
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Alison Grimes Democratic 307,821 76.5%
Gregory Leichty Democratic 32,602 8.1%
Burrel Farnsley Democratic 32,310 8.0%
Tom Recktenwald Democratic 29,791 7.4%
2014 Senate
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mitch McConnell Republican 213,753 60.2%
Matt Bevin Republican 125,787 35.4%
Shawna Sterling Republican 7,214 2.0%
Chris Payne Republican 5,338 1.5%
Brad Copas Republican 3,024 0.9%

State Demographics

Population 4,380,415
Percentage White 87.8%
Percentage Black 7.9%
Percentage American Indian / Alaska Native 0.2%
Percentage Asian 1.3%
Percentage Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.0%
Percentage Mixed Race 2.0%
Percentage Other Race 0.9%
 
Percentage Hispanic 3.1%
Percentage Non Hispanic White 85.8%
Percentage Non Hispanic Black 7.8%
 
Percentage Households All Speak Language Other than English 0.4%
 
Median Household Income $41,724
Percentage Married Couple Both Work 36.7%
Percentage Income in Poverty in 2011 19.4%
Percentage Lived in different household in 2009 7.5%
 
Percentage Homes heated by Electricity 50.4%
Percentage Homes heated by Gas 45.1%
Percentage Homes heated by Coal 0.2%
Percentage Homes heated by Fuel Oil 0.9%
Percentage of Population Age 65 and Up 14.0%
Percentage Employed Civilians 16-years-old and up 42.6%
Percentage with a College Degree 21.8%
Percentage Management or Professional Workers 32.3%
Percentage Sales or Office Workers 24.5%
Percentage Production or Transportation Workers 16.7%
 
Unemployment rate 4.9%
Unemployment figures as of 2015-10
Unemployment Monthly Change -0.1%
 
Percentage Married Couples 48.9%
Percentage Married Couples with Children 18.1%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Male living with Male 0.2%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Female living with Female 0.2%

Last updated 12:16am December 8, 2016