Democrat claims Kentucky governor race victory, party wins Virginia statehouse

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2019

Opinion polls showed Bevin may be the least popular governor in the country, after he waged high-profile fights with labour unions and teachers.

The remarks reflected the extent to which Bevin, 52, sought to nationalize the campaign, emphasizing his support for Trump amid a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of the Republican president in Congress.

Mr Trump attempted to limit the political damage by pointing to the other five races in Kentucky that Republicans won on Tuesday. "I would hope [every] person in this room here wants Kentucky to be the greatest version of itself possible, I really hope so".

Continuing what has been an unfortunate pattern for Republicans for almost a decade, Kentucky's GOP Gov. Matt Bevin was apparently edged out of re-election Tuesday night in large part because of the candidacy of Libertarian Party nominee John Hicks.

"Any attempt by Gov. Bevin to undermine these results in the legislature is wrong and should be viewed as a direct attack on the democratic process", McGarvey said in a statement. Even he seemed to get the stakes for himself.

"Yeah, it is about him", Scarborough said, "and you know who else it's about, and we've talked about it, the guy that a lot of people in Kentucky, certainly around Lexington and Louisville, call "Moscow Mitch, ' even some people in the rural areas starting to call him 'Moscow Mitch, ' because they don't understand why he continues to do Vladimir Putin's bidding and not listening to Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director, not listen to Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, not listen to any military people that keep warning 'Moscow Mitch" to put up these safeguards to protect American democracy". "You can't let that happen to me". In Virginia, the party gained control of both legislative houses for the first time in 25 years.

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A Vietnam veteran and IT specialist, Hicks ran on a platform calling for reforming and downsizing government and stronger restrictions on abortion - positions that would have appealed more to Republicans than Democrats. "Also holds supermajorities in both leg chambers".

Donald Trump rallied Republican voters on Twitter but stayed out of the state, which he lost in 2016. Tamarra Wieder, public affairs and policy director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of IN and Kentucky, said it was the first time the organization had invested IN the state's governor race.

And as for McConnell's re-election chances, while definitely in question, he is not as inept a politician as Bevin.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham applied extra lipstick to Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's loss to Democratic candidate Andy Beshear by declaring it an example of "The power of Donald Trump!" and "very good news for Republicans". In Kentucky, Beshear gained considerable ground on Bevin in Kentucky's suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, counties that had helped propel the Republican to office four years ago.

One thing that may not get talked about enough is that since Trump has been president, turnout has been very high in almost all elections. Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one. In the past three off-off year elections in Kentucky for governor (2007, 2011, 2015) turnout was hovering around 30 percent.

In fact, one study shows that winning a governor's race can sometimes hurt a political party in the next presidential election.

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