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Election 2004: The Vote

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In Kentucky, the presidential election year of 2004 also featured six U.S. House races and a U.S. Senate race. In addition, all Kentucky House of Representatives seats and half of the state Senate seats were up for election; 64 of the state legislative races were contested. Kentuckians also elected several judges and voted on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions.

On November 2, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw co-hosted KET’s Election 2004: The Vote, a two-hour program of Kentucky returns and analysis. They were joined in the studio by political commentators John McGarvey and John David Dyche and journalist Al Cross. The program also featured live reports, candidates’ speeches, and interviews from around the state. It is now available for online viewing.

Election 2004: The Vote (Hour 1)—includes the following segments:

  • Introduction and early returns
  • Victory speech by U.S. Rep. Anne Northup (R-3rd)
  • Round-up of Kentucky results
  • Concession speech by Nick Clooney, Democratic candidate in the 4th U.S. House District
  • Discussion of the 4th District race, other congressional races, the influence of the presidential campaigns on state races, and state Senate races
  • Interview with reporter Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV, on the 37th District Kentucky Senate race and other Louisville-area races
  • Discussion of the 7th District Kentucky Senate race, the return of former Gov. Julian Carroll to the General Assembly, the influence of Gov. Ernie Fletcher on state races, the presidential race in Kentucky, and Kentucky House races
  • Victory speech by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-4th)
  • Updates and comments on state legislative races
  • Telephone interview with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-5th), who was unopposed
  • Interview with reporter Bill Bartleman, Paducah Sun, on Western Kentucky races
  • Interview with reporter Bill Bryant, WKYT-TV, on Central Kentucky races

Election 2004: The Vote (Hour 2)—includes the following segments:

  • Interviews with John McCarthy, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky, and Bill Garmer, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party
  • Interview with reporter Dana Potter, Appalachian News-Express, on Eastern Kentucky races
  • Telephone interview with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-1st)
  • Victory remarks by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-6th)
  • Interview with reporter Keith Lawrence, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, on Western Kentucky races
  • Interview with reporter Patrick Crowley, Kentucky Enquirer, on Northern Kentucky races
  • Interview with reporter Dan Modlin, WKYU-FM/Bowling Green, on Southcentral Kentucky races
  • Panel discussion on state legislative and congressional races
  • Updates on U.S. Senate race and Louisville-area races with Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV
  • Panel discussion on turnout and issues in Kentucky, the U.S. Senate race, and the Kentucky political parties
  • Concession remarks by state Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate
  • Victory speech by U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R)
    (Note: The two Senate speeches originally aired as a separate special bulletin. They follow the credits of the two-hour broadcast program.)

KET’s 2004 election night coverage was produced by Deidre Clark. Donna Moore was executive producer.



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