Poll: Fletcher, Beshear Appear to Lead in Governor's Race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher is leading among Republicans in the governor's race while former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear is apparently ahead in the Democratic race, according to a newspaper's poll.

The Bluegrass Poll, published by The Courier-Journal on its Web site Thursday, also showed large numbers of undecided voters in both parties.

The poll showed Fletcher was the choice of 41 percent of likely Republican voters, while former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup was the choice of 26 percent.

Paducah businessman Billy Harper, the third GOP candidate, trailed with 10 percent.

The poll results also showed that 18 percent of likely Republican voters still hadn't made up their minds.

On the Democratic side, Beshear was slightly ahead of other candidates with 27 percent of the vote. Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford was second with 21 percent.

Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry was third with 12 percent of the vote, and House Speaker Jody Richards was next with 7 percent. Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith polled 4 percent and Otis Hensley less than 1 percent. The poll found 23 percent of Democratic voters undecided.

To win a nomination in the May 22 primary, a candidate must receive at least 40 percent of the vote in his party's primary. If that doesn't happen, a runoff election would be held five weeks later, on June 26.

The poll surveyed 404 likely Democratic voters and 353 likely Republican voters. Likely voters were defined as registered voters who said they definitely or probably would vote in the primary.

Of the registered voters the poll surveyed, 89 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans were considered likely voters. However, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican who is unopposed in the primary, is predicting an overall voter turnout on Tuesday of around 15 percent.

The Democratic sample was taken from May 10 to 14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. The Republican sample was taken from May 10 to 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by jackson Location: monticello on Dec 24, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    I like bill meck and tg shuck those two should come back to monticello ky
  • by Rosa Location: Manchester on May 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    Bashear voted to take the Ten Commandments down in schools and courthouses, also Fletcher has done a lot in southeasten Ky. lets give him 4 more years, (get off his back
  • by charlie Location: p-burg on May 22, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    How can voters go for Bashear? He is against the Ten Commandments in schools and courthouses and wants a big casino in your Church parking lot. Wake up Ky!!!!! Lunsforg is the man
  • by Mom Location: Georgetown on May 22, 2007 at 04:42 AM
    Go Steve
  • by Sandy Location: Frankfort on May 21, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    I feel that Kentucky is ready for a change. Steve Besher is that change. He will have a big job cleaning up after Fletcher.But, the job can be done. Steve Besher is the one for that job. Kentucky needs someone who cares and can get this state back on its feet. So please everyone look at both Candidates and you will also see that Steve Besher is the best candidate for that job.
  • by SP Location: Frankfort on May 21, 2007 at 08:43 PM
    The last thing we need is Fletcher in office for another 4 years..Hasn't he done enough damage. The only one he is for is himself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Alex Location: London on May 21, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    Ernie Fletcher is a man of strong morals with a clear vision for Kentucky. The rhetoric regarding his first term was inappropriate and clearly a ploy to bring down strong leadership. I'm a young man in my twenties, a college grad, a husband, and a father. I desperately want to see Kentucky continue on a course to provide a strong economy and opportunities in this "My Old Kentucky Home" The politics of yesterday and the leadership of the Democratic Party and Anne Northup will not be capable to lead us in a positive direction. That is why all real Kentuckians that support a strong future for our families and our children will support Ernie Fletcher for Governor.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX on May 20, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    UPON FURTHER REVIEW,I RESPECTFULLY ASK FOR YOUR ATTENTION REGARDING TUESDAY'S ELECTION. LET'S DRAIN THE SWAMP.REMEMBER THE OLD GAME WE USE PLAY,IT AND NOT IT?FLETCHER IS NOT IT.STUDY HIS HISTORY AND WE WON'T SLIDE.PUBLIC SERVICE IS NOBLE GROUND.BESHEAR WILL DEFEND AND STAND UP FOR THE YOUND HEARTS AND MINDS OF KY.HE STANDS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY,ETHICS AND HE WILL BE EFFECTIVE.BESHEAR IT,FLETCHER NOT IT.LET'S MAKE IT A GREAT WEEK IN KY.
  • by Joan G. Location: Mount Vernon on May 18, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    I hope Steve Beshear and Dr Dan will be the winners. I feel they are the most qualified and best team to be running the state. I don't know how the Lunsford Campaign can support a person who turned on his party at the last race and gave his support for Fletcher.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY. BB Location: LEX on May 18, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    ONE OF MY MANY PRAYERS IS THAT KY.GET BEHIND BESHEAR, ONLY TO LET FLETCHER KNOW WE'RE CLEANING UP FRANKFORT.AS FOR LEGALITIES,BESHEAR BEING A LAWYER HE'LL KNOW WHEN SOMETHING STINKS(HIRING

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