Bevin Refuses to Concede Kentucky Gubernatorial Race, Citing Voting ‘Irregularities’

Grant Boone
November 10, 2019

"Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted that Bevin 'was down 17 points" and Trump 'helped lift the entire ticket, winning 5 of 6 statewide races so far!'

Although the presidential election is more than a year away, critics may seize on Tuesday's results as a reflection of Mr Trump's popularity among voters as he faces an impeachment inquiry. In the past three off-off year elections in Kentucky for governor (2007, 2011, 2015) turnout was hovering around 30 percent. And the third time that Democrats have fared better than Republicans, often wildly better.

Beshear's father Steve was a popular Democratic governor who immediately preceded Bevin and had expanded Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act.

Of the four states with legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one where control of the statehouse was up for grabs. "Democrats win in the cities and they are increasingly running up the margins in the close-in suburbs", Kaine said, noting Beshear's margin in Jefferson County was around 100,000 votes. "For instance, in the Philadelphia suburbs, there were big GOP losses in a state where Trump won by a slim margin". That's something Bevin lacked in his off-year election.

"If you lose, they're going to say, 'Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world".

Trump said that losing the election would send "a really bad message to the rest of the country" and "you can't let that happen to me".

President Trump held a rally in Kentucky on Monday and welcomed Bevin onto the stage.

He used big Republican majorities in his state legislature to push through controversial legislation that included dismantling an Obama-era public healthcare programme, occasionally became mired in controversy and generally catered primarily to his loyal supporters.

He noted that Bevin was a "polarizing governor" but said, "If you're the president of the United States, and you won this state by that, wow, then you're not happy tonight". So let's think about what could have led people to vote for the other five Kentucky Republicans and not for Bevin. "He'll dominate next year". Republicans made gains in local races in western Pennsylvania and in southern New Jersey. However, behind the disparity of turn-outs, Matt Bevin did not still concede and may ask for a recanvas if he is willing to shoulder the expenses and its cost. Results show Bevin trails by more than 5,000 votes.

The Associated Press has not declared a victor in Tuesday's race, in keeping with its policy not to call races that could go to a recount.

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The results raised the question of why the president embraced an unpopular governor so late in the campaign.

In northern Virginia, Democrat John Bell flipped a state Senate district from red to blue in an area that has traditionally favoured Republicans. Most immediately, it underscored GOP worries about a shifting electoral playing field ahead of 2020. "We have to be aware that suburban women are no longer voting for the Republican Party".

"It's a close, close race".

In the history of US elections, if the candidate is about 10 or more points behind the opponent there might be unique problems and undoubtedly Bevin has it. Bevin tried to unify the Kentucky voters specially during his campaign rally where President Trump endorsed him.

Tuesday's election didn't have marquee races here in the North Country. As the party's presidential candidates debate ambitious, big-ticket items such as "Medicare for All", moderates urged caution.

"The fact that our secretary of state was on national was an interesting choice of places for her to go while the roll was being tallied, the votes were being tallied and to call an election", he said. Like many supporters of work requirements, Bevin said they were created to cut costs and to help Medicaid enrollees personally. Michael Bennet of Colorado, seemed to echo that.

Beshear's victory speech included a pledge to make public education the central priority of his administration.

Democrats were ecstatic following their victories in Virginia and Kentucky.

During Trump's first term as president, he has endorsed multiple candidates who have won elections, and others who have lost their elections.

Yale University professor Ray Fair, the godfather of USA election economic modeling, has also said that priorities may be different this time.

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