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Kentucky elects republican governor in big upset

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    The news media are casting the Kentucky governorship as an upset win by Republican Matt Bevin over Democrat Jack Conway. Conway was leading by a wide margin in all the polls up to the election. However, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican Bevin had 511,771 or 52 percent of the 974,344 votes cast to Conway's 426,944 votes or 43 percent. Drew Curtis came in third with 35,629 votes or 3.6 percent.

    This should not have come as a surprise. Sure the Democrat was the preferred candidate amongst the citizens of Kentucky according to polls, but voter turn-out was only 30.7 percent...or to put it another way, 69.3 percent of Kentuckians didn't care enough to vote. When Democrats stay home or go fishing on election day, Republicans win. It's always been that way nationwide.

    The key issue according to some news sources was Kynect or "ObamaCare" and the expansion of Medicare, success stories for Kentucky Dems. Say bye-bye to those under Bevin. The other issues were Kim Davis and coal mining. The Kim Davis supporters came out in large numbers. They are passionate.

    Elections held in off years like this ensure poor voter turn-outs, but especially by Dems. We never learn.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    The news media are casting the Kentucky governorship as an upset win by Republican Matt Bevin over Democrat Jack Conway. Conway was leading by a wide margin in all the polls up to the election. However, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican Bevin had 511,771 or 52 percent of the 974,344 votes cast to Conway's 426,944 votes or 43 percent. Drew Curtis came in third with 35,629 votes or 3.6 percent.

    This should not have come as a surprise. Sure the Democrat was the preferred candidate amongst the citizens of Kentucky according to polls, but voter turn-out was only 30.7 percent...or to put it another way, 69.3 percent of Kentuckians didn't care enough to vote. When Democrats stay home or go fishing on election day, Republicans win. It's always been that way nationwide.

    The key issue according to some news sources was Kynect or "ObamaCare" and the expansion of Medicare, success stories for Kentucky Dems. Say bye-bye to those under Bevin. The other issues were Kim Davis and coal mining. The Kim Davis supporters came out in large numbers. They are passionate.

    Elections held in off years like this ensure poor voter turn-outs, but especially by Dems. We never learn.

    Schmidt, like you said, it is probably the Kim Davis factor as well the "church and guns" factor; that whole state consists of evangelical nut heads; yes voter turnout is important; I guess there they are even more lazy because they never learned reading or writing and the Kentucky world is still 1000 years behind the rest of the world. The only thing they know is hunting and fishing and going to church.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- I wouldn't stereotype the Kentuckians that way. Kentucky's Kynect healthcare system was the most successful state sponsored ObamaCare system. No computer glitches. Everything worked. It was the envy of all the other states and demonstrates what the good people of Kentucky can do if they are not blocked by Republicans.

    But now the newly elected Republican Bevin has promised to trash it all out of spite and hate. This is what he has promised in his campaign to be elected. It was not a popular position for those that understood the ramifications. It's too bad that those citizens who are covered with Kynect didn't take the time to vote.

    Yes there are a lot of "Kim Davis" type supporters on Kentucky. And there are an even larger number that are opposed to her antics. The difference is that her supporters make up a large part of the 30.7 percent who voted (the Crusaders) while her opponents make up a large part of the 69.3 percent who didn't bother to vote...the Democrats mostly.

    That's the real problem, not only in Kentucky but the whole country. Our Democracy demands participation, at the very least to vote, but also to educate oneself on the issues to vote intelligently. Ignorance is not an excuse.

    "Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." -- William E. Simon

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch -- I wouldn't stereotype the Kentuckians that way. Kentucky's Kynect healthcare system was the most successful state sponsored ObamaCare system. No computer glitches. Everything worked. It was the envy of all the other states and demonstrates what the good people of Kentucky can do if they are not blocked by Republicans.

    But now the newly elected Republican Bevin has promised to trash it all out of spite and hate. This is what he has promised in his campaign to be elected. It was not a popular position for those that understood the ramifications. It's too bad that those citizens who are covered with Kynect didn't take the time to vote.

    Yes there are a lot of "Kim Davis" type supporters on Kentucky. And there are an even larger number that are opposed to her antics. The difference is that her supporters make up a large part of the 30.7 percent who voted (the Crusaders) while her opponents make up a large part of the 69.3 percent who didn't bother to vote...the Democrats mostly.

    That's the real problem, not only in Kentucky but the whole country. Our Democracy demands participation, at the very least to vote, but also to educate oneself on the issues to vote intelligently. Ignorance is not an excuse.

    "Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." -- William E. Simon

    Sure Schmidt, I fully agree with you. For instance I do vote by mailing in my ballot; that is the easy way. So if they promote such in KY then they can go fishing or shooting all day, without standing in line at the polling place. But don't forget regardless if you are correct, that such percentage will not change much, because the non-voters will stay non-voters, because looking at all the news, is there much in the government affairs to be thrilled about? Look at the approval ratings of our government.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: That's the real problem, not only in Kentucky but the whole country. Our Democracy demands participation, at the very least to vote, but also to educate oneself on the issues to vote intelligently. Ignorance is not an excuse.

    "Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." -- William E. Simon

    I couldn't agree more. Democrats win when more people vote. Republicans win when no one does.

    One thing I have to credit Republicans for is that they are very loyal voters. It helps when their base largely consists of retired people who don't have to worry about how they are going to vote. It's much harder for the single mom who has a full time job and a kid to take to soccer practice to find the time to make it to the polling station.

    That's why I am a firm proponent of mail in ballots. The states that do that have some of the highest voting percentages in the nation. I can only imagine how big voter participation in this country would be if everyone had that option.