Matt Bevin, Kentucky’s Trump-loving governor, loses to Democrat Andy Beshear in closely-watched race

On Tuesday, NBC and WSAZ reported that Kentucky voters denied GOP governor Matt Bevin a second time period, electing Democratic Lawyer Basic Andy Beshear in a furiously contested race that captured nationwide consideration.

Beshear, the son of a well-liked former Democratic governor, spent a big a part of his time period as legal professional basic difficult Bevin’s insurance policies, from state profit cuts to abortion restrictions, organising a fierce rivalry that got here to a head within the gubernatorial race.

Bevin, the primary Republican governor in Kentucky to preside over unified occasion management of the legislature, has had a controversial and bitter tenure in workplace, waging battle towards instructor pensions and choosing fights with members of his personal occasion. Polls constantly ranked him among the many least common governors in the US, and a few observers speculated the race may inform the state of play in subsequent 12 months’s Senate election, the place Majority Chief Mitch McConnell is searching for re-election.

However whereas these numbers made the race shut, Kentucky is a particularly conservative state, having backed President Donald Trump by practically 30 factors. To blunt his unpopularity, Bevin tied himself as intently as attainable to the president, who held a number of marketing campaign occasions to advertise his re-election together with a rally the evening earlier than the election.

The result's an enormous defeat for Republicans — and a critical humiliation for Trump.