Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear won the Kentucky governor’s race, ousting incumbent governor, Matt Bevin of Republicans by a narrow margin. The hotly contested Kentucky election took place on November 5, 2019, alongside other four states.

Andy Beshear

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It was a big win for Democrats in a conservative state where President Donald Trump won by a whopping 30 points in 2016.

Kentucky election results

With voters all over the country heading to polls to elect their local and state officials, it is the Kentucky contest that grabbed the most attention. The victory of Democrat Andy Beshear painted a new political picture in the country ahead of the 2020 elections.

Beshear’s campaign manifesto centred on health and education, promising new funding streams and pension system for teachers. Bevin, on the other hand, threatened to cut the pension. Beshear inauguration ceremony is expected to take place in December 2019, according to Kentucky’s tradition.

Meanwhile, Republican Daniel Cameron won the attorney general race to become the first African-American attorney general. He replaces Beshear in the seat.

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Did Matt Bevin concede defeat?

Democrat Beshear may be the new Kentucky governor, but his rival, Bevin, does not believe so. The Republican candidate said the election was a close contest while refusing to accept the outcome.

‘This is a close, close race. We are not conceding this race by any stretch.’ Bevin said.

Mr Trump took his campaign trail to Kentucky on the eve of the election to rally support for Bevin, but his words did not convince most of the voters. The president, however, claimed on Twitter that his support helped the Republican candidate avoid a heavy defeat in the election where the party won several statewide races.

Other election results

There were also state elections in Virginia, Mississippi and New Jersey. Democrats were also successful in several northern Virginia suburbs and claimed both seats. In Mississippi, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves won the gubernatorial eat after defeating Attorney General Jim Hood.

The victory of Andy Beshear and other legislative wins are significant boosts for Democrats, who will have an edge in passing bills that are opposed by Republicans.

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