2007 Key Race | Kentucky Governor

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» November 6, 2007 | Democrat Steve Beshear has won the Kentucky governor's race, defeating Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Democratic Candidate

Steve Beshear

Steve Beshear

Occupation
Attorney
Public Service
Elected Lt. Governor of Kentucky in 1983, elected Attorney General of Kentucky in 1979, served as member of Kentucky House of Representatives for three terms, 1974-1979. Served in U.S. Army Reserves.
Education
Earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Born
September 21, 1944, Dawson Springs, Ky.
Residence
Lexington, Ky.
Religion
Baptist
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Republican Candidate

Ernie Fletcher

Ernie Fletcher (Incumbent)

Occupation
Physician
Public Service
Elected governor of Kentucky in 2003. Elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and reelected in 2000 and 2002. Elected to Kentucky House of Representatives in 1995. Served in U.S. Air Force.
Education
Graduated from LaFayette High School, Lexington, Ky., 1970; B.S., University of Kentucky College of Engineering, Lexington, Ky., 1974; M.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Ky., 1984
Elected
2003
Born
November 12, 1952, Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Residence
Lexington, Ky.
Religion
Baptist
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Kentucky

Kentucky

Demographic Data (2000 Census)
  • Population: 4,041,769
  • Male: 48.9%
  • Female: 51.1%
  • Median Age: 35.9
  • 18 Years and Over: 75.4%
  • 65 Years and Over: 12.5%
  • Employed: 56.9%
  • Median Household Income: $33,672
  • Families Below Poverty Level: 12.7%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.1%
  • (of those over 25)

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