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  • In the state’s May 20 primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton took Kentucky 65 percent to 30 percent. Exit polling suggested that Sen. Barack Obama must work to win older, white, blue-collar voters.
  • According to exit polls, Clinton won among both genders and every age group. She captured the bulk of voters in every income category, and at every level of educational achievement, exit polls indicated.
  • No Democrat has won the White House without carrying Kentucky since John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard Nixon in 1960.
  • Obama, once a long shot for the Democratic nomination, garnered a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic Convention bringing him about 70 delegates shy of the required number to win the party’s nomination. Nomination likely will be decided by dwindling pool of uncommitted superdelegates.
  • Full Kentucky results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest polls
Likely Democratic Kentucky primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Clinton
58%
Obama
28%
Unsure
14%
NO REPUBLICAN POLL AVAILABLE
Likely Republican Indiana primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
52%
Huckabee
23%
Unsure
25%
The Kentucky Democratic "poll of polls" consists of three surveys: Research 2000 (May 7-9), ARG (May 14-15), and Suffolk University (May 17-18). A margin of error for the poll of polls cannot be calculated.
Demographics

4,206,074
Population
90.2%
White
7.5%
Black
0.2%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1.0%
Asian
1.0%
Mixed Race
0.6%
Other Race
$37,046
Median Household Income (2004)
16.3%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 2004
12.5%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
12.8%
Percentage with College Degree (2000)
2.0%
Percentage Hispanic
5.5%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
U.S. Census Bureau, The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 59.6% Kerry (D) 39.7%
2000 Bush (R) 56.5% Gore (D) 41.4%
1996 Clinton (D) 45.8% Dole (R) 44.9%
1992 Clinton (D) 44.6% Bush (R) 41.3%
1988 Bush (R) 55.5% Dukakis (D) 43.9%
1984 Reagan (R) 60% Mondale (D) 39.4%
1980 Reagan (R) 49.1% Carter (D) 47.6%
1976 Carter (D) 52.8% Ford (R) 45.6%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
1988: A tooth-and-nail battle between Democratic presidential hopefuls Jesse Jackson, Sen. Al Gore and Gov. Michael Dukakis led to a delegate dispute following the Kentucky primary. Jackson finished third with 15.3 percent, behind Dukakis and Gore. The state Democratic party denied a challenge by Jackson supporters that took issue with the number of delegates allocated to the civil rights leader.
REPUBLICANS
1976: Kentucky GOP voters helped then-President Gerald Ford stave off a rising challenge from former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who was gaining momentum in the Republican race. Ford narrowly won Kentucky and of course eventually took the party nomination, losing to Jimmy Carter in November.
Primary Process
Kentucky Democrats will allocate 51 pledged delegates. Most will be allocated proportionally based on results in each congressional district and a lesser number will be allocated based on statewide results. The state's GOP voters will allocate 45 delegates. The primary is closed; only registered party members may vote in their party's primary.

Source: Kentucky Democratic and Republican parties
Current Government
Governor: Steven Beshear (D) re-election 2011
Senator: Mitch McConnell (R) re-election in 2008
Senator: Jim Bunning (R) re-election 2010
U.S. House delegation: 4 Republican, 2 Democrats
State Senate: 22 Republicans, 15 Democrats, 1 Independent
State House: 64 Democrats, 36 Republicans
State Capital: Frankfort
Local Media
Newspapers:
Louisville Courier-Journal
Lexington Herald-Leader
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
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