Democrat Steve Beshear cruises to second term in Kentucky

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  1. Steve Beshear cruises to second term in Kentucky

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear cruised to a second term over Republican David Williams Tuesday in a win that offers Democrats a 2012 template for how to run in a dismal economic environment.

    The answer: outraise and outspend, define and discredit the opponent early and often, and position the incumbent as the steady, trusted hand to right the dismal economic situation. That relentlessly aggressive localized strategy delivered a win for Democrats in a conservative state where President Obama is grossly unpopular and unemployment hovers above the national average.

    Beshear lead Williams, the state senate president, by 23 points with more than 75 percent of all precincts reporting — a resounding result that was never really in question since the Democrat locked a double-digit lead last spring.

    Independent Gatewood Galbraith, an attorney who has run for governor five times, was holding just under 10 percent of the vote.

    Beshear becomes the second Democrat to clinch a governor’s race this year, following Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s three-point special election squeaker in West Virginia on Oct. 4.

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