Kentucky governor election, Democratic incumbent Andy Beshear, Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Kentucky voters will choose a governor as Beshear faces strong opposition. Polls show a close race. The election will come down to turnout.
Kentucky voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in the gubernatorial race, where incumbent Democratic Governor Andy Beshear faces a tough challenge from Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Recent polls show the race as a dead heat, with both candidates tied at 47%, adding an air of uncertainty to the outcome.
One of the key factors in the race is the support from former President Donald Trump's base, with a significant 22% increase in support for Cameron among Trump supporters, making it a crucial voting bloc in the election. Beshear, who has been popular in the state, has faced efforts from Cameron to tie him to President Biden, emphasizing the political divide in the race.
The election is expected to come down to voter turnout, with political analysts noting that the race is crucial in a state that leans Republican. Beshear, who is the son of a former governor, was elected in 2019, unseating the incumbent Republican governor by a narrow margin. His handling of the pandemic and natural disasters in the state has earned him broad approval, with frequent appearances and daily briefings keeping Kentuckians informed and engaged.
Cameron, who made history as the state's first Black attorney general, has garnered support from establishment Republicans and won the endorsement of former President Trump. His role in the aftermath of the shooting of Breonna Taylor and the subsequent grand jury decision has been a point of contention, with critics questioning his handling of the case. The lack of charges against the officers involved in Taylor's death sparked protests and civil rights charges against the officers in 2022.
The race has been closely watched, with national implications and high stakes for both parties. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET for Eastern Standard Time and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET for Central Standard Time. Voters are encouraged to check polling locations and participate in the election to make their voices heard.