Some Republicans helped Gov. Steve Beshear win re-election. Beshear won predominantly Republican areas of Northern Kentucky, including Fort Thomas by 2 percent over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R- Burkesville. Republicans saw Beshear's victory and the Democrats' success Election Day as an anomaly and not foreshadowing 2012. Democrats saw this year's election, particularly Beshear's victory in conservative areas, as proof Democrats can win in the region.