If anyone was looking for a bellwether in last night’s election results, they were sorely disappointed. Here’s a rundown:
In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear is the apparent winner of the governor’s race in Kentucky over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. Beshear, the state’s attorney general, is the son of former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. President Trump tried to rally support for the Republican ticket in Kentucky, a state he easily won during the 2016 presidential election. Beshear beat Bevin by a few thousand votes. In his victory speech, Beshear said he expects Bevin to honor the election and help with the transition process. But Bevin says he’s not conceding. Instead, he wants reports of voting irregularities looked at and for the legal process to play out.
Also in Kentucky? Daniel Cameron – a Republican – will be the first black attorney general in the state’s history – and the first Republican in 70 years. “Thank you to the people of Kentucky,” Cameron offered on Twitter overnight. “It’s a great honor to be your next Attorney General and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”
Trump will travel to Louisiana today to make the case for ousting John Bel Edwards, the Democratic Party’s only governor in the Deep South. That’s because the president has been arguing for an election stalemate that would force a runoff between Edwards and one of the two Republicans on the ballot. It worked: Edwards failed to capture 50% of the vote. Now he must face Republican Eddie Rispone on November 16th.
Over in Mississippi, Republican Tate Reeves is the projected winner of the governor’s race. Reeves cruised to victory over Democrat Jim Hood, replacing incumbent GOP Governor Phil Bryant, whose term limit is up. Reeves is the Lieutenant Governor, while Hood is the state’s attorney general. Reeves ran as a fiscal conservative who pushed for lower taxes.
But over in Virginia? The legislature has turned blue…very blue. Democrats are projected to win majorities in both Virginia chambers. It’s the first time that’s happened in nearly 30 years.
Source: Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep