|2012 POLLS (Obama vs. Romney)|
2010 Census Reapportionment: As it has since 1992, Kentucky will remain at 8 electoral votes through the 2020 presidential election.
Kentucky entered the Union in June 1792, the second state to join after the original 13 colonies. A border state, Kentucky remained in the Union during the Civil War, yet joined most other southern states in voting almost exclusively Democratic from that era through World War II. Since the 1950s, Kentucky has been reliably Republican, although its voters have been willing to vote Democratic when a southern governor has run – the state voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976 and for Bill Clinton in both 1992 and 1996. In 2012, Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama 60% to 38%.