Beshear re-elected as Ky. governor

Gov. Steve Beshear
Gov. Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been re-elected to another term.

Beshear easily overcame challenges from Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith, in a conservative state where voters routinely elect Republicans in national races.

With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear had 241,211 votes or 58 percent, to 131,319 votes for Williams or 31 percent. Galbraith had 44,893 votes or 11 percent.

Williams and Galbraith, an attorney making his fifth run for governor, campaigned on claims that Beshear wasn't doing enough to create jobs in a state where one in 10 workers is unemployed.

Democrats have lost only two governor's races in Kentucky since 1950.

Pre-election polls showed Beshear with a double-digit lead over Williams.

Beshear becomes the second Democratic governor to win a race this year, joining West Virginia's Early Ray Tomblin.

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