Election 2011: A dozen numbers that tell the story

11/09/2011 07:27 AM

Now that the election numbers are all in, here are a dozen fun figures and facts about the results guaranteed to impress your friends:

520,708 — total votes for James Comer the Republican for agriculture commissioner who was Tuesday’s top vote-getter.

2 — times in a row that a Republican for agriculture was the top vote-getter in Kentucky’s statewide election. Republican Richie Farmer won in 2007 with more than 644,000 votes, which was about 25,000 more than what Gov. Steve Beshear got that year.

445 — more votes that the Republican ticket of David Williams and Richie Farmer received than Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner Bob Farmer (295,434 to 294,989)

92 — the number of counties Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson won. (The record is 115, set by Wallace Wilkinson in November 1987).

92 — the number of counties Beshear won in 2007 over then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher

8 — the number of counties Beshear lost on Tuesday that he won in 2007 (Bell, Crittenden, Edmonson, Leslie, Martin, Owsley, Todd and Trigg).

8 — the number of counties Beshear won on Tuesday that he lost four years ago (Garrard, Grayson, Green, Jessamine, Knox, Lincoln, Oldham and Taylor).

4 — number of counties in which the independent slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley finished with a higher percentage of the vote than Williams and Farmer on Tuesday. All four were in central Kentucky, including Galbraith’s home county of Nicholas and the counties of Franklin, Woodford and Bourbon, which are home to many state employees.

60.3% — percent of votes won by David Williams and Richie Farmer in the six counties that make up the 16th state Senate district that Williams represents. (Beshear and Abramson received 34.7% and Galbraith and Riley got 4.9%).

2,097 — more votes Todd P’Pool, the Republican running for attorney general, received in his home county of Hopkins compared to the Republican Williams-Farmer ticket. (P’Pool’s fellow Hopkins County native Beshear received 6,084 votes compared to 2,666 for Williams while P’Pool edged Attorney General Jack Conway in Hopkins County, 4,763-4,295)

16,567 —more votes Democratic Treasurer Todd Hollenbach received than Republican challenger K.C. Crosbie, the Republican councilwoman from Lexington.

37,309 — votes libertarian candidate Ken Moellman received in the treasurer’s race, which is more than twice the amount Crosbie would have needed to upset Hollenbach.


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