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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Victory in Kentucky

In today's Democratic primary for governor, the more progressive candidate won::
Former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear rode a late campaign surge to capture the Democratic nomination for governor with just enough votes to avoid a runoff.

The Lexington attorney won 41 percent of the vote in a crowded field of six Democrats. He needed 40 percent to avoid a June runoff election.

Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford, who outspent all Democrats in the race by using $4.2million of his personal fortune, finished a distant second with 21 percent.
Lunsford, the DLC candidate, conceded to Beshear earlier this evening and pledged his support to the Democratic nominee, a nice gesture.

Republicans, meanwhile, renominated corrupt Governor Ernie Fletcher despite the efforts of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, who threw his weight behind another candidate.

348,759 voters turned out for the Democratic primary, while only 202,131 voters cast ballots in the Republican primary. If Beshear can mount a strong campaign this fall, the odds are very good that Ernie Fletcher will soon be out of office.

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