Beshear says his win is a call to move beyond 'rank partisanship' in Frankfort

11/08/2011 10:13 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear said his “overwhelming victory” of more than 20 points is a mandate to reject partisan gridlock in Frankfort.

“It’s a mandate for compromise and putting aside personal political agendas for the good of the commonwealth,” Beshear said in his acceptance speech as he looked ahead to a second term.

Beshear and former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson won a decisive victory over Republicans David Williams and Richie Farmer and independents Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley:

  • Beshear/Abramson 55.65%
  • Williams/Farmer 35.4%
  • Galbraith/Riley 9%

The Democratic slate won 92 of the 120 counties, including counties that had been reliably Republican in recent years, such as Kenton and Campbell in Northern Kentucky and Jessamine, Scott and Garrard in Central Kentucky, the southern Kentucky county of Knox and Oldham County — a heavily Republican area north of Louisville.

Beshear and Abramson received 464,635 votes — far less than the more than 619,000 votes Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo received in 2007 when they defeated Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Abramson, in his remarks before the governor, said the ticket’s victory is one for out-of-work and struggling Kentuckians.

- Video by Chris Bratton and Don Weber

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