Governor Matt Bevin will not concede defeat in Kentucky general election

Governor Matt Bevin will not concede defeat in Kentucky general election

Governor Matt Bevin will not concede defeat in Kentucky general election

Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in Kentucky's governor vote, after a tight race in the conservative-leaning state. Beshear is the son of Kentucky's last Democratic governor, Steve Beshear.

Beshear's victory in the Kentucky governor race was in part thanks to upsets in two Cincinnati suburbs in Kentucky that previously supported Trump in 2016.

"This is a close, close race". He won the state by 9 percentage points four years ago, and the state's economy has performed well under Bevin and Trump, who won the state by 30 points. Reeves, the current lieutenant governor, sought to capitalize on those GOP leanings after Hood, the attorney general, acknowledged that he voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.

Even so, those races - and other contests in MS and New Jersey that saw no changes in power Tuesday - were embraced by Trump and the Republican Party as key tests of the president's popularity.

Both of Virginia's USA senators are also Democrats, as is a majority of the state's House of Representatives delegation (thanks to 2018 victories).

The results are being viewed as a gauge of the political mood ahead of next year's presidential election.

Still, it's tough to say how much of this you can really pin on the President. This is the third election in a row in which Democrats made significant gains since Trump was elected. "The Democrats nominated a moderate, who's dad was a moderate, who didn't talk about impeachment or Trump, and who acts like a Republican".

Trump hailed the MS results, claiming that his support was key.

'Our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all of the races, ' the president tweeted.

The governor expressed great pride and excitement for the state's "extraordinary" achievements in the past four years, -a net increase of almost 93,000 jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trump soon after said the boost was "maybe 20".

With Washington swept up in the impeachment saga, results in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia were closely watched for how the crisis is playing out with voters. Voters in suburban swaths of Kentucky and Virginia sided with Democrats, a trend that would complicate Trump's path to reelection if it holds.

"If you lose, it sends a really bad message", he said. "And I'll tell you what, we will be ready for that first day in office, and I look forward to it".

Instead, the opposite happened.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez used the same metaphor earlier Tuesday to predict Bevin's loss and tie it to Trump. In 2012, according to a chart prepared by the left-of-center news outlet Daily Kos, there were no fewer than nine contests for the U.S. Senate, House, and governor in which the Libertarian nominee received more votes than the difference between the winning Democrat and losing Republican.

Not one GOP House member voted last week for a Democratic resolution to start the public phase of the process, and Republican senators, who will serve as jurors in a potential trial, have mostly shrugged off mounting evidence that Trump froze $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure its president to investigate Democrats, including potential 2020 rival Joe Biden.

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