David Jackson, USA TODAY Published 9: 36 am ET Nov. 6, 2019
The hotly contested governor’s race in Kentucky was too close to call early Wednesday, with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear holding a narrow lead – and declaring victory. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede. (Nov. 6) AP, AP
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump put on a brave face Wednesday regardingthe previous night’s election reversals.
While the Republican Party may well losea governor’s seat in Kentucky– a state Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016 – the president stressed that the GOP won other contests in the Bluegrass State.
Hailing the prospects of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Who faces re-election next year, Trump tweeted: “Based on the Kentucky results, Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr will win BIG in Kentucky next year! “
Democrats and political analysts said Trump is whistling past a political graveyard. Republican candidates struggled in Kentucky and other states, particularly in the suburbs, and the results included GOP loss of control in the Virginia state legislature for the first time in a generation.
” Donald Trump has gutted Republican support in suburbs, “tweeted MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida. “The bleeding in Cincinnati’s suburbs tonight compared to the 2016 election is extraordinary. Trump Republicanism is toxic and is killing the GOP. “
Based on the Kentucky results, Mitch McConnell@ senatemajldrwill win BIG in Kentucky next year! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) (November 6, 2019
It’s an argument that will likely stretch into next year presidential election: Is Trump helping or hurting Republicans? Is he a good bet or bad bet for re-election?
The current dispute centers on Kentucky, where incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin trails Democrat Andy Beshear. While Beshear declared victory, Bevin has refused to concede, and a recount is possible.
Trump and his allies argued that Bevin had problems within Kentucky that the president could not help him overcome .
In a statement praising Republican winners in Kentucky, Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed that Trump “just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end. “
Analysts said internal polls at the end of the campaign showed Bevin surging, yet he wound up with fewer votes on Election Day – a day afterTrump’s high-profile visit to the state.
Tim Miller, an anti-Trump Republican, tweeted: “Bevin’s election eve Trump suck-up rally and anti-impeachment rant didn’t seal the deal for him in a governors race in a red state ??? You. To. It. “
Democrats seeking to replace Trump in the White House revelled in the results from Kentucky and other states.
“Last night voters across the country made clear: they’re tired of a government that works for the 1% while working people suffer,” Bernie Sanders tweeted. “They want real change. Next year we’ll finish the job by taking on Trump’s corruption. We’ll sweep him and all he stands for out of the White House. “
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