Trump's allies downplay his failure to be a closer for Bevin

Henrietta Brewer
November 6, 2019

He said the results would hold and that it was time to move forward. "That he will help us make this transition".

On Tuesday night, Bevin refused to concede the race, despite unofficial totals showing he lost to his Democrat rival by slightly more than 5,000. Her Republican affiliation, he said, "means everything to me, especially now". We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear.

Whether Mr Bevin will request a recount is presently unknown.

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.

In short, he was a Donald Trump-style candidate a year before Donald Trump won the presidency.


The political grudge match between Bevin and Beshear stretched into Tuesday night. Bevin campaigned as a strong Trump supporter.

The result could reverberate far beyond Kentucky.

As longtime Kentucky Republican consultant Scott Jennings noted on Twitter Wednesday morning, "For everyone reading the tip sheets this morning on Kentucky, remember - the GOP actually FLIPPED two Dem offices to Republican, and actually controls MORE offices than they did yesterday".

Suburban voters turned out in big numbers to back Democratic candidates, continuing a trend of once GOP-friendly suburbs turning blue.

US Democrats have made gains in key state elections, in what is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump. Also, Kentucky voters have continued to hand control of both houses in the legislature to the GOP for the past three years on top of previously electing Bevin, so they clearly don't have an issue with voting for Republicans. Democratic-aligned groups pumped huge amounts of money into the contests as a way to test-drive messaging and campaigns ahead of the 2020 cycle, particularly on gun control and clean energy.


"If you lose, they will say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world", the president said at that rally.

"Kentuckians showed up to defend their reproductive freedom this election, reaffirming that the majority of people here want increased access to reproductive care, including abortion", Wieder said in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday. But Republicans in virtually every state appear to do their utmost to discourage a Libertarian from entering contests.

A mobile billboard urges voters to cast ballots for Democrats outside Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia, Nov. 5, 2019. Former vice-president Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential front-runner, visited Virginia over the weekend to campaign with several statehouse candidates, and Republican Vice-President Mike Pence held a rally on Saturday.

Democrats there will now be able to draw legislative district lines for the coming decade that consolidate their power, and pass new gun-control restrictions and minimum-wage laws, our correspondent adds. Then again, it is hard to know how much that election was really about Alabama voters rejecting Trump as it was about the numerous and credible allegations that the Republican nominee engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with minors.

Tuesday's election also decided several important state ballot initiatives.


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