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2023 Kentucky election results

Editor’s note: Statewide votes have not yet been fully counted. Those totals will be updated as they are finalized. Race calls and voting numbers from Kentucky Educational Television, which are based on numbers from AP News, are used in this story.

Update: 7:25 p.m.

Update: 8:00 p.m.


Andy Beshear (D): 52.5%, 694,167 votes | Daniel Cameron (R): 47.4%, 627,086 votes

Gov. Beshear is running for reelection against current Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Beshear, who previously served as Attorney General, was elected as governor in 2019 against Republican Matt Bevin by a slim margin of votes.

Beshear’s running mate is current Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, a former assistant principal and basketball coach. Cameron’s running mate is Robby Mills, a Kentucky state senator.

KET and AP News called the race for Beshear at 7:57 p.m. with 80 percent of votes counted.

Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to students in the Downing Student Union at Western Kentucky University on Nov. 3, 2023. Beshear stopped at WKU after appearing at other college campuses across the Commonwealth to encourage young people to go to the polls on Election Day. (Kayden Mulrooney)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron speaks at his campaign rally at the Blue Cotton factory in Bowling Green, KY on November 1, 2023. (Von Smith)

Attorney General

Pamela Stevenson (D): 42%, 544,544 votes | Russell Coleman (R) 58%, 752,230 votes

Stevenson (D-43) is a state representative and attorney, as well as a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, who is running for attorney general against Coleman, Republican, a former United States attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

One of these candidates will replace Cameron as Kentucky’s attorney general.

KET called this race for Coleman at 8:00 p.m.


Michael Bowman (D): 42.8%, 549,257 votes | Mark Metcalf (R): 57.2%, 735,066 votes

Bowman (D) attended the University of Louisville and works as a politician, formerly running in 2019 for state treasurer and losing to Republican incumbent Allison Ball. Metcalf (R) currently serves as the Garrard County Attorney and is a veteran of the National Guard.

The race was called for Metcalf at 8:01 p.m.

Secretary of State

Charles Wheatley (D): 39.4%, 509,889 votes | Michael Adams (R): 60.6%, 784,772 votes

Adams, Republican incumbent, has served as the Kentucky secretary of state since 2020. Wheatley (D-65)  served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2019 to January 2023.

NBC News projected Adams to win the race despite only 35 percent of the vote being in at 6:41 p.m.

KET called this race for Adams at 6:46 p.m.

Agriculture Commissioner

Sierra Enlow (D): 39.3%, 505,742 votes | Jonathan Shell (R): 59.4%, 762,992 votes

Enlow (D) attended the University of Kentucky and earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics and has a professional career in economic development. Shell (R) represented District 71 in the Kentucky House of Representatives until 2018.

KET called this race for Shell at 7:57 p.m.


Kimberley Reeder (D): 40%, 444,219 votes | Allison Ball (R): 60.8%, 782,736 votes

Ball (R) is currently serving her second term as the Kentucky State Treasurer, a position she was elected to in 2016. Reeder (D) is a tax attorney from Morehead running against Ball.

KET called this race for Ball at 6:57 p.m.

School Board Representative – Bowling Green Independent School District

Cierra Waller: 2,249 votes| Janet Burks: 1,541 votes

Waller, incumbent and interim school board member, currently works as the associate director of the WKU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. Burks has worked as a teacher for 41 years and is running against Waller for the position.

Waller won the race for this position.

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