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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Kentucky

Key facts
Population: 3,883,723 (ranked 23 among states)
Governor: Paul E Patton (D)
Electoral College votes: 8
Kentucky has a strong Democratic tradition although the 1990s saw strong two-party competition.

Democrats Bill Clinton and Al Gore have had good support in presidential elections and being southerners has helped. But the state does seem to have shifted more to the right, like much of the rest of the south.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 1 Democrat, 5 Republicans
Senate: 2 Republicans
Republicans took control of the Kentucky senate in August 1999 following a Democratic senator's defection. But Democrats remain powerful in the state House.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 46%, Dole 45%
1992: Clinton 45%, Bush 41%, Perot 14%
1988: Bush 56%, Dukakis 44%
The state is very rural, famous for its bluegrass, horses and tobacco. Since the Civil War, it has straddled the north and the south of the country, culturally and politically. Many of the local voting traditions go back generations.

Kentucky has the fourth largest number of farms in the USA, 50 state parks and more miles of running water than any state except Alaska. Tobacco, whiskey and coal are still the key industries but tourism is becoming increasingly important.

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