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Down the Ballot: KY Gov results

The AP on yesterday's gubernatorial primary in Kentucky: "Gov. Ernie Fletcher won the GOP nomination for a second term Tuesday, nine months after authorities dismissed charges that he violated hiring laws in a scheme to reward supporters with state jobs. Accomplishing what some critics had thought impossible, Fletcher withstood challenges from former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville and millionaire businessman Billy Harper of Paducah. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Fletcher had 50 percent of the vote to Northup's 37 percent. Harper had 13 percent."

The Louisville Courier-Journal: "Former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear rode a late campaign surge to capture the Democratic nomination for governor with just enough votes to avoid a runoff. The Lexington attorney won 41 percent of the vote in a crowded field of six Democrats. He needed 40 percent to avoid a June runoff election."