Status Quo Seen in Mississippi, Kentucky Governor Races

Sunday, 06 Nov 2011 11:05 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Republican is expected to win the governor's race in MississippiTuesday and a Democrat in Kentucky, maintaining the status quo in the two states and offering few clues of trends for 2012, analysts said.

Kentucky Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear is the overwhelming favorite to win a second term after his Republican opponent, David Williams, faltered during the campaign.

Mississippi Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is widely seen as the likely victor there after he was endorsed by popular outgoing Governor Haley Barbour, who earlier this year decided against running for president.

In the unlikely event that the Democratic candidate, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, scores an upset victory on Tuesday, he would be the first African-American to win a statewide election in Mississippi in modern times.

"I expect Bryant to win by 54 to 56 percent," said Marvin King, assistant professor of politics at the University of Mississippi. "If he doesn't, I'll be shocked."

Both major parties will have something to tout if the outcome follows the form chart. Democrats can point to Beshear's re-election as evidence that they can win in the South with the right candidate despite President Barack Obama's unpopularity there.

Republicans can point to their dominance in the region, where in addition to Mississippi, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal won re-election last month with some two-thirds of the vote in an open primary.

Nationwide, Republicans now hold 29 governorships, Democrats 20 and Rhode Island has an Independent governor, according to the National Governors Association.

The latest Louisville Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll, published on Wednesday, showed Beshear with 54 percent of the vote and Williams with 29 percent.

The contest in Mississippi has lacked fireworks. Both men support a proposed constitutional amendment that would make Mississippi the first state in the country to define a fertilized egg as a legal person, thereby outlawing abortion.

Voter turnout is expected to be low in both states, which is typical in off-year elections.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Dick Cheney's Daughter Mary Part of New Polling Firm

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 08:44 AM

Mary Cheney, the younger daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney,is teaming up with other Republicans to form a ne . . .

Rubio Showing Growing D.C. Donor Base

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't brought in the most money of any potential 2016 presidential candidate during . . .

GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:28 AM

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elect . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved