UPDATE: Update: KY outlets called the race but have now walked that back saying it’s too close to call.
Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear has unseated incumbent Republican Matt Bevin in a governor’s race the whole nation was watching. With 99% of precincts reporting, Beshear leads Bevin by about 10,500 votes.
President Trump was in the Bluegrass state this week, rallying for the governor, telling the crowd that if Bevin lost, ”they’re going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world… You can’t let that happen to me!”
Trump said last night that if Gov. Matt Bevin lost in Kentucky, 'they're going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world… You can't let that happen to me!'
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 6, 2019
Bevin has been an extremely unpopular governor for the state, especially among teachers. The tension over pensions, benefits and comments Bevin made where he called them “thugs” proved to be a major hurdle in his reelection campaign. His approval rating as governor was at 34% before the election, although the loss is still somewhat surprising given Kentucky is a very red state.
Governor-elect Andy Beshear is the son of Steve Beshear, who served as governor from 2007 to 2015. He is currently the state’s attorney general.