McCain Wins Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain has won Kentucky and collected eight electoral votes in a state that has picked the overall winner in presidential races dating back to 1964.

The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

With 38 percent of precincts reporting, McCain had 386,210 votes or 54.93 percent, compared with 307,849 votes or 43.79 percent for Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

Although registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, the state has trended Republican in recent years, supporting President Bush in the past two elections.

Neither McCain nor Obama had campaigned in Kentucky recently. They instead spent their time in battleground states that had more electoral votes at stake and where the race was closer.

Voters in Kentucky turned out at the polls at what could be a record pace to make their selections between McCain and Obama.

Meanwhile Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell remained locked in a tighter race with Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford - one that turned into the most expensive ever in Kentucky at $25 million and counting.

McConnell, the Senate minority leader, had raised $17.9 million for his re-election campaign by the end of September. Lunsford, a Louisville millionaire, personally put up $5.5 million of the $7.1 million in contributions he listed on campaign finance reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

McConnell reminded voters in stump speeches and political ads of his rank as the Senate's top Republican, telling voters that translates into clout for Kentucky in Washington. He said it would be unwise to trade him in for a rookie Democrat.

Lunsford's political strategy has been to link McConnell to President Bush, and to lay blame for the nation's economic woes at his feet.

Five incumbent U.S. representatives were re-elected in Kentucky. That includes Democrats John Yarmuth of Louisville and Ben Chandler of Lexington and Republicans Hal Rogers of Somerset, Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville and Geoff Davis of Hebron.

Still to be decided is the race between Democrat David Boswell and Republican Brett Guthrie in western Kentucky's 2nd congressional district. They are vying for the seat left open by Ron Lewis, who is retiring.

Votes also were being counted in 40 contested state legislative races.

Grayson said he expected 65 to 70 percent of Kentucky's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots. That kind of turnout would shatter the record set in 2004.

Lines were so long when Kathleen Blanton arrived at her polling station in a Louisville suburb at 6:30 a.m. EST that she gave up and went home to wait for the morning rush to pass. Blanton, a Democrat from Crestwood, found a much shorter line when she returned to Centerfield Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. EST to cast her vote for Obama.

"I feel like it's time for a change," Blanton said. "I think he's highly intelligent and I think it's about time we have a highly intelligent president."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by ben Location: lex on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    Hey Elwood, that's why you lost. Because there are only so many dumb people that respond to dumb one-liners.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    Bush never lost McCain the election McCain lost the election you do not slap conservatives in the face in the senate and reach your hands out to a 9000 pound gorilla in a democrat suit and expect him to be your friend. It was Sarah that made me vote republican their was no conservative leadership our party will be a more conservative party and get back to its foundations and get rid of these stupid blue blooded country club republicans saying we need to move to the middle what did the middle get us yea sent home with our tails between our legs. Did Obama move to the middle? Wake up America.
  • by steve on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    The beginning to getting worse lol
  • by Elwood Location: The Sticks on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    Vote Republican - Because EVERYBODY can't be on welfare.
  • by Leaniepie Location: Eastern Ky on Nov 6, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    I didn't care for either candidate and I thought about writting in a name BUT it all came down who was closer to my OWN beliefs and had nothing to do with race. I will never vote for someone who is for Partial birth abortion. He claimed to be a Christian and prays to Jesus every day? You can't be a Christian and believe in abortion, especially partial birth abortion. All in all, I voted for McCain in protest to Obama for what he stands for.
  • by BEGINNING on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    For those of you on here, that think it was all black people that voted Obama in office, you are totally wrong. Did you all have sense enough to read that 43% or more of white people voted for Obama and it was more Hispanic voters for him than blacks. If you all could read, write, and understand, pick up a newspaper and watch CNN. The stats will surprise that it was more white people this time voting for Obama. I was one of them. Know the facts before you print something ignorant. Do go around hating blacks just because you think they are responsible, they are not, it was combination of all Americans that voted for him including whites. So get over it. Get a life.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    The funny thing (or sad thing) about some of these comments are the people who complained about George Bush and said they were going to move to Canada are now telling those that didn't support Barak Obama to move if they don't like it. Why are you guys who didn't like Bush still here? No matter who the President is, I will support them. United We Stand, Divided We Fall. You people ever heard of that? Quit being such whiners on both sides. Get over it and hope the guy you didn't vote for does well. I'll keep repeating; I'd rather be wrong and see our citizens and country doing well than be right and watch us go to heck in a handbasket. If everyone continues to point fingers, nothing will get solved. No, I didn't vote for Barak Obama, but that doesn't mean he won't get my support. I'll support him; congratulate him when he does well and criticize when he does bad. HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING YET! Assumptions are an asinine thing to do. At least give him a chance...I will.
  • by SD Location: SE KY on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    No place for diversity in the White House? In a country founded on diversity? In a country people fled to for religious freedom? In a country where men and women have fought and died together with no regard for the color of the person next to them or what church they attended or what God they prayed to? No room? This is the point to which partisan politics and far right thinking have brought us. Are we proud yet?
  • by johnny Location: london on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    obama didnt win the election,george bush lost it.thats ok though . i just dont like that oprah and most other blacks support obama just because hes black.racism exists,just look at the black people supporting obama just because hes black.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    I was voting for Palin not a sudo blue blooded republican palin was the vote getter for McCain Obama would blew him away worse if not for her this is a good lesson for the GOP did Ronald Reagan teach you anything? we will come back a better party and more for the people this was a historical election you can't take That away from Obama he won and we wish him well he just has different ideas. That's the reason we vote and the people spoke its over its the GOP and McCain's fault for losing this not Obamas i don't carry water if its not deserved.


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