Kentucky Governor Polls 2023: Who Will Be The Next Governor of Kentucky?

Muskan Arora | February 1, 2023

Kentucky Governor Polls 2023: The incumbent Andy Beshear is set to return as Governor of Kentucky as per the latest poll.

Kentucky Governor Race Polls: Primary Election

Democratic Party

  • Polls: No Polls have been Conducted
  • Google Search: Andy Beshear: 59% Geoff young: 23%, Peppy Martin: 18%
  • Net Sentiment: Andy Beshear:+6%, Geoff young: No Data, Peppy Martin: No Data

Republican Party

  • Polls:
    • Cameron: 41.3%, Craft: 8%, Harmon: 4%, Quarles: 8.3%
  • Google Search:
    • Cameron: 11%, Craft: 67%, Harmon: 11%, Quarles: 11%
  • Net Sentiment:
    • Cameron: -0.6%, Harmon: +38%, Quarles: -2%, Craft: +22%

*Savanna Maddox has withdrawn from the Republican race*


In the last 2 decades, Kentucky has had Governor from both the Republican and the Democratic parties. The tenure of the Governor is for 4 years and in the last 5 Governors Race in Kentucky, the Democratic Party has won 3 times and the Republicans have been successful in winning 2 terms of Governor’s office.

The incumbent Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear was elected back in 2019. It was one of the closest elections in Kentucky since 1899 as Andy Beshear won the election by just over 5,000 votes or 0.37%. He defeated the Republican incumbent Matt Bevin

In 2023, Kentucky will once again vote to elect its new Governor. The election will be held on November 7, 2023, but before the General election, a primary election will be held. The Primary election of the Kentucky Governor Race will be held on May 16, 2023.

Kentucky Governor Polls 2023: Candidates

The Dems field is not much crowded with just 3 candidates including the incumbent has shown interest in contesting the upcoming primary election.

In comparison, 12 candidates have already shown interest in contesting the upcoming GOP Primary race.

Democratic Party

  • Andy Beshear, Incumbent Governor
  • Geoff Young, Perennial Candidate
  • Peppy Martin, the Republican nominee for governor in 1999

Republican Party

  • Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General
  • Kelly Craft, US Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Mike Harmon, Kentucky State Auditor
  • Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Alan Keck, mayor of Somerset
  • David Cooper
  • Bob Devore
  • Jacob Clark
  • Eric Deters suspended attorney
  • Johnny Rice, Former police officer
  • Robbie Smith, high school teacher
  • Dennis Ray Ormerod

Kentucky Governor Race Polls 2023: Primary Election

Democratic Party

No Polls have been conducted for the upcoming Democratic Party Primary election.

Google Search

  • Andy Beshear: 59%
  • Geoff Young: 23%
  • Peppy Martin: 18%

Net Sentiment

  • Andy Beshear: +6%
  • Geoff Young: No Data Available
  • Peppy Martin: No Data Available

Kentucky Governor Democratic Party Primary Prediction

Who is Ahead?

  • Polls: No Polls have been Conducted
  • Google Search: Andy Beshear

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Republican Party

Latest Poll

Average of Polls
Feb 1, 2023
Cameron
41.3%
Craft
8%
Harmon
4%
Quarles
8.3%
Mason-Dixon
Jan 18-23, 2023
Cameron
39%
Craft
13%
Harmon
5%
Quarles
8%
Meeting Street
Jan 11-19, 2023
Cameron
39%
Craft
8%
Harmon
2%
Quarles
8%
Co/efficient
June 14, 2022
Cameron
46%
Craft
3%
Harmon
5%
Quarles
9%

Google Trends

  • Cameron: 11%
  • Craft: 67%
  • Harmon: 11%
  • Quarles: 11%

Social media Sentiments

  • Cameron: -0.6%
  • Craft: +22%
  • Harmon: +38%
  • Quarles: -2%

Kentucky Governor Polls: General Election

Andy Beshear vs. Daniel Cameron

Date
Beshear (D)
Cameron (R)
Mason-Dixon
January 18–23, 2023
49%
40%

Andy Beshear vs. Kelly Craft

Date
Beshear (D)
Craft (R)
Mason-Dixon
January 18–23, 2023
57%
32%

Andy Beshear vs. Mike Harmon

Date
Beshear (D)
Harmon (R)
Mason-Dixon
January 18–23, 2023
53%
33%

Andy Beshear vs. Ryan Quarles

Date
Beshear (D)
Quarles (R)
Mason-Dixon
January 18–23, 2023
52%
35%

The incumbent Democrat Andy Beshear is outperforming all the Republican probable candidates. As per the polls, his closest contest could be against Daniel Cameron. Both are separated by 9% as per the polls.

Fundraising (Left With)

  • Craft: $752,000 ($732,000)
  • Cameron: $408,000 ($608,000)
  • Quarles: $300,000 ($838,000)
  • Deters: $28,000 ($8,000)
  • Harmon: $22,000 ($31,000)

Kentucky Governor Republican Party Primary Prediction

Who is Ahead?

  • Polls: Daniel Cameron
  • Google Search: Kelly Craft
  • Net Sentiment: Mike Harmon

Kentucky Governor Polls: Latest Videos

Kentucky Governor Polls: What Happened In The Last Kentucky Governor Race?

The last Kentucky Governor Race was held on November 5th, 2019. The Republican Party was represented by the then incumbent Governor Matt Bevin. The 2019 Kentucky Governor election was the closest gubernatorial election in Kentucky since 1899 by total votes, and the closest ever by percentage. It was also the closest race of the 2019 gubernatorial election cycle.

Democratic nominee, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin by just over 5,000 votes, or 0.37%. Beshear got 49.20% of the vote while Bevin polled 48.83%.

Votes Polled
Vote Share%
Andy Beshear
709,890
49.20%
Matt Bevin (incumbent)
704,754
48.83%
John Hicks
28,433
1.97%

Kentucky Governor Race Polls 2023: Demography

Kentucky was previously part of Virginia and later on in 1792, it became its union territory and is also considered to be the 15th state of the USA. Currently, Kentucky has become 26th Largest State in terms of Population. The population growth rate is 0.47% which makes Kentucky 34th among the US states. The Largest city in Kentucky by population is Louisville.

Kentucky has approximately 38.6 years of median age and a slight gender majority of women population with 50.8% and 49.2% male population.

According to recent data, the population composition of Kentucky includes:

  • White: 86.25%
  • Black and African American: 8.10%
  • Asian: 1.53%
  • Two or More races: 2.80%
  • Other races: 1.08%
  • Native American: 0.19%

The population of Kentucky has been rising for the past few years. Around 25% of the African American population was prior to the Civil War but now it has declined.

Kentucky Governor Polls 2023

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