What are candidates, polls saying on final day before election?
Published 10:08 pm Monday, November 6, 2023
Governor candidates Daniel Cameron and Andy Beshear made their final calls to action Monday, the day before the election.
Beshear ended his election eve at a crowded West Mile Brewing in Louisville, alongside Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, State Rep. Keturah Herron and State Sen. Karen Berg and other Democratic candidates on the ballot, including Col. Pam Stevenson, Michael Bowman and Sierra Enlow.
Cameron ended his participating in a tele-rally with former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed him in the race.
Beshear’s final stop
As Beshear entered Wide Mile Brewing and gathered around his fellow Democrats to give a speech, many attendees stood on tables to see him.
“In 2019, we came together, we shocked the world and we beat Matt Bevin,” he said. “And tomorrow night, we’re gonna beat Daniel Cameron too.”
In 2019, Beshear defeated Bevin by just over 5,000 votes—1.5 votes per precinct.
His win included an 100,000-vote margin in Jefferson County. Beshear called the crowd to vote, and to tell their friends and family to vote, to match that margin this election.
Lt. Gov. Coleman compared this part of the campaign to a basketball game.
“It is the fourth quarter and the ball is in your court,” she said to the crowd. “Are you going to help us deliver a win?”
Beshear’s speech focused on economic successes Kentucky has experienced during his time in office, including several unemployment rate records and economic development announcements across the state.
“We’ve had our three biggest budget surpluses ever, which means we have more than enough money to give our public school educators the raise they deserve,” Beshear said.
“It means we have more than enough money to finally have universal pre-K for every Kentucky child. And it means we can continue to invest in game-changing projects like the one where we’re building the first hospital in West Louisville in 150 years.”
He ended his remarks by calling for an end to “anger politics,” which he said the Cameron campaign has employed in this race.
“Listen, I run as a proud Democrat, but you saw the moment I won I took that hat off and I served every single family,” he said.
Cameron’s final day
Cameron was also busy traveling across the state on Monday.
In the afternoon, he held a presser in Louisville, bringing along all the Jefferson County Republican state representatives: Jason Nemes, Jared Bauman, Kevin Bratcher and John Hodgson.
During the presser, he linked Beshear to Biden, specifically on economic policies impacting Kentuckians that he said Beshear “has seemed to embrace.”
“It’s because of Joe Biden that we are in the economic mess that we are in right now,” Cameron said.
“So it’s a slap in the face in many ways for Andy Beshear to endorse a president whose economic policies have made it more challenging to buy groceries, more expensive to buy gas, your utility bills are going through the roof.”
Cameron said he would stand up to Biden’s policies, as well as eliminate the income tax to fend off inflation coming from D.C. policies.
He also spoke about what is at stake in the race—restoring “common sense values” to the governor’s office.
“Again, this is a campaign about our kids and our grandkids,” he said. “It’s about making sure that we protect women’s sports from biological males.”
He added that he was “honored” to be endorsed by Trump, and that the the economic environment was better under his leadership.
On the tele-rally call, Trump called Beshear an “absolute disaster” and continued connecting Beshear to Biden.
“Daniel’s done such a, really the kind of job that everybody’s talking about,” Trump said.
The tele-rally ended with a poll asking callers if Trump could “count on” their support for Cameron in the election.
A new poll dropped Monday, from left-leaning Data for Progress.
It showed Beshear with a slight, 2% lead, over Cameron.
The 50-48 prediction, with a four-percentage point margin of error, comes as an Emerson College poll released earlier this week showed a dead heat between Beshear and Cameron.
The poll was taken Nov. 1 and 2, of 660 very likely Kentucky voters. It showed that Beshear earned 44% of Independent voter support and a wide majority of under-45 voters.
It also showed that 87% Beshear voters are voting for him, as opposed to against Cameron.
58% of Cameron voters are voting for him, while 39% are voting primarily against Beshear.