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Beshear Wins a Second Term in Kentucky

November 8, 2011

Updated at 9:25 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear resoundingly won re-election in Kentucky. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press has called the race for Beshear, who leads Republican state Senate President David Williams, 58 percent to 32 percent. Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith was pulling in 11 percent of the vote.

"Tonight, the people of Kentucky sent a message that they value Governor Beshear's relentless focus on creating jobs and opportunity now. In doing so, Kentuckians rejected the partisan politics of obstruction and division that national Republicans attempted to inject into this race," said Democratic Governors Association chairman Martin O'Malley, in a statement.

"It was a long year," said Williams in a statement. "Richie and I put forward a real plan for real jobs. I remain convinced that while the messenger wasn't popular, the agenda is correct."

Beshear's win is no surprise: though the gubernatorial race in the red state was once viewed as a potential pick-up opportunity for Republicans, Beshear has maintained a wide lead in the polls throughout the race, leaving only his margin of victory in question heading into Tuesday.

Beshear also raised about four times Williams' haul, and the Republican Governors Association stopped running ads for Williams well before the stretch run, as it became apparent it wasn't worth pouring more money in.

It's an impressive performance by Beshear in a state where President Obama is highly unpopular. He successfully kept his distance from the president and was helped by running against what turned out to be a very flawed opponent.

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