Kentucky is primed to have several seats across various branches of government up for grabs in the 2020 general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. That said, the Presidential primaries were first, with elections to choose the DNC and GOP candidates taking place on June 23, rescheduled from Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (due to coronavirus lockdowns).
While Joe Biden easily won the Democratic KY race, you can still get Presidential betting odds online for several different markets, including the state’s November election outcome and other races and political props.
Kentucky is also somewhat unique in that it holds its local state congressional and gubernatorial elections in odd-numbered years before Presidential election years. As such, KY elected a new governor on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Democrat Andy Beshear won and is the current governor of Kentucky.
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Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
**Odds pulled from Bovada Sportsbook.
Donald Trump easily carried Kentucky in 2016, winning 62.52% of the vote and all but two counties. Hillary Clinton won 32.68% of the vote. It is unlikely that Kentucky will turn blue any time soon on the federal level, though the November 2019 gubernatorial election could be telling about the immediate future of the state’s voter makeup.
Early on, the Democrat primary betting odds showed a crowded field, though the leaders of the pack were names like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and newcomer Andrew Yang. Action was brisk for the KY Democratic primary at election betting sites, but by the time the state’s delayed primaries rolled around, only presumptive nominee Joe Biden was left. He won by a large margin.
There were no odds specifically for the 2020 Kentucky GOP primary itself, but there were and remain plenty of Republican party odds available. In KY, the major front-runner was President Donald Trump, who won the Bluegrass State easily with 86.6% of the vote, taking all 46 delegates.
Kentucky held its state-wide governor election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. There were three candidates running for the position:
Gubernatorial betting odds are not always available at the top offshore books, but for tight races, they are. Most odds for this race gave Bevin a slight edge, but Beshear prevailed with 49.2% of the vote compared to Bevin’s 48.83%.
Sportsbooks will often carry odds for state electoral outcomes and other state-based races, including Kentucky and other southern states, especially if any local races are seriously contested. As of right now, only KY electoral odds have been posted at major election betting sites.
Kentucky is currently a Republican stronghold with a conservative demographic. In 2016, during the Presidential elections, Trump campaigned hard in the work belt of Kentucky and was able to receive a lot of support. However, domestic manufacturing and power plants have seen some hardships recently, with some in the media blaming Trump’s tariff wars and the coronavirus.
With the local job market suffering, Trump has expressed support for these businesses and workers, which means he will likely visit Kentucky several times during his 2020 campaign to rally his base and sway undecided moderates.