Democrat Elected Ky. Governor

Beshear defeats scandal-plagued incumbent in landslide comeback
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 10:33 PM CST
Kentucky Gov.-elect Steve Beshear, right, and Lt. Gov.-elect Daniel Mongiardo, left, celebrate following their victories, in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democrat Steve Beshear made a political comeback after more than a decade to win the Kentucky governor's race over incumbent Ernie Fletcher tonight. Beshear defeated Fletcher, who was damaged by a scandal over abuses in the state's hiring system, by a margin of almost 20 points, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Beshear campaigned on the ethics charges against Fletcher, who refused to testify before a grand jury, was indicted on three misdemeanor counts, and pardoned his associates. Beshear emphasized his own religious background—his father and grandfather were Baptist ministers—and said the state government was “in a state of moral and ethical bankruptcy.”