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Primary 2007: The Vote
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[3 hours, 30 minutes]

The 2007 gubernatorial race in Kentucky began with contested primaries in both the Republican and Democratic parties. In addition, primary voters chose candidates for five other constitutional offices: secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, treasurer, and auditor of public accounts.

On Primary Election Day, May 22, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw co-hosted Primary 2007: The Vote, a full evening of live returns and analysis. They were joined by in-studio commentators Al Cross, John David Dyche, and John McGarvey, plus reporters from locations around the state. The program also includes video reports from several candidates’ headquarters and newsrooms in Louisville and Lexington. Specific topics include the following:

Part 1
approx. 1 hour

  • introduction and early results
  • discussion of issues that were important in the campaign
  • report by Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV, on Louisville results
  • report by Patrick Crowley, Kentucky Enquirer, on Northern Kentucky results
  • interview with Warren Wheat, editor of the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
  • discussion of the gubernatorial tickets
  • interview with Rachel Stanley, editor of the Appalachian News-Express, on Eastern Kentucky results
  • discussion of the Republican Party in Kentucky and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s effect on the gubernatorial race
  • interview with Bill Bartleman of the Paducah Sun
  • discussion of attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state races
  • update on Louisville results with Mark Hebert
  • statewide results and analysis

Part 2
approx. 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • updated results
  • discussion of a possible runoff election for governor
  • discussion of the Democratic gubernatorial tickets
  • report by Bill Bryant, WKYT-TV, on Lexington results
  • results and discussion, including an explanation of how votes are tabulated
  • discussion of the possible repeal of the runoff requirement and other election-related issues for the state legislature
  • discussion of rural vs. urban split in Kentucky politics
  • concession speeches by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Henry and his running mate, Renee True, followed by commentary on their campaign
  • update on returns and discussion of Billy Harper’s campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination
  • concession speeches by Republican gubernatorial candidate Anne Northup and her running mate, Jeff Hoover, followed by commentary on their campaign and Northup’s future

Part 3
approx. 1 hour, 20 minutes

  • concession speeches by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jody Richards and his running mate, John Y. Brown III, followed by commentary on their campaign
  • discussion of issues likely to be important in the fall campaigns
  • concession speeches by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford and his running mate, Greg Stumbo
  • victory speeches by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, winner of the Republican primary, and his running mate, Robbie Rudolph
  • victory speeches by Steve Beshear, winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, and his running mate, Daniel Mongiardo, with remarks by former Gov. Brereton Jones
  • interview with Republican Kentucky Senate President David Williams
  • interview with state Rep. Rocky Adkins (D), House majority floor leader
  • interview with Gail Russell, acting chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky
  • interview with Jerry Lundergan, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party

See our video archive of Primary 2007 candidate forums for debates featuring candidates in all of the contested races.

KET’s primary 2007 coverage was produced by Deidre Clark and directed by Nick Helton. Mike Brower was executive producer.

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