Not only are Democrats losing gubernatorial elections at a rate not seen in 100+ years, but the party’s nominees are losing badly.
It has been more than 150 years and 40 election cycles since a Kentucky Democrat fared as poorly as Conway in 2015 in a race for governor.
Over the last 100 years only two non-major party gubernatorial candidates in the state have received one percent of the vote – and one was a former governor.
Only two of 12 Republican candidates in 2012 were actively campaigning at the time of their home state’s contest.
Several older members of the nation’s lower legislative chamber aren’t convinced they need a functioning campaign website, and it’s hard to argue with a group that just got elected by an average of 61 points.
A tale of two parties: the Kentucky GOP primary for governor was the most competitive in state history while Jack Conway won in the biggest ever blowout on the Democratic side.
Jack Conway is poised to post the best showing by a Kentucky Democratic candidate in a contested gubernatorial primary in state history
Only four of the party’s two-dozen gubernatorial races have been decided by single digits with only two first-place finishers receiving less than 50 percent of the vote.
Nine states (each with primaries) have an unblemished record in voting for the eventual Republican nominee since 1976 – and not all host contests on the back end of the calendar.
Kentucky-based politicians have run for president and failed more than a dozen times since statehood; none have ever won a presidential primary and none have received convention votes since 1952.