Incumbent Matt Bevin officially requests recanvass of governor's race

Incumbent Matt Bevin officially requests recanvass of governor's race

"Clearly this is not a repudiation of Republicans in Kentucky", Fleischer continued.

Meanwhile, Democrats seized full control of the legislature in Virginia for the first time in over 20 years.

Well they did. Now that the second most unpopular governor has apparently lost, the question becomes: what does this mean for Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular senator in the country?

Bevin, the first Republican governor in Kentucky to preside over unified party control of the legislature, has had a controversial and bitter tenure in office, waging war against teacher pensions and picking fights with members of his own party.

Impeachment is already "baked in", with Republicans all but certain to acquit Trump if the House approves articles of impeachment, according to a senior GOP Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments.

We speak with John Nichols, a political writer for The Nation.

In Kentucky, Democratic challenger state Attorney General Andy Beshear has ousted Trump-backed Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in a tightly contested run for governor. "Great going Daniel, proud of you!"

'A lot of winning in Kentucky.

On Twitter, Parscale reiterated that Bevin's loss (though he has not conceded), has nothing to do with Trump.

President Trump had campaigned strongly for Bevin's reelection, giving a speech at the rally on Monday that lasted over an hour. "As has been reported, a 'recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election", said Beshear/Coleman Campaign Manager Eric Hyers. Bevin was in lockstep with Trump, as was Reeves in Mississippi. And if the point wasn't driven home enough, Trump went to Lexington to hold an election eve rally.

But in Washington, where Republicans are expected to ardently defend Trump when the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry open next week, GOP lawmakers are unlikely to alter their approach, at least in the short term.

"We keep talking about we have to worry about (Sen.) Susan Collins, that race in ME, the race in Colorado, Republicans have got to worry about the race in North Carolina", Scarborough said.

A week ago, Bevin was projected to win by 5 points in a Trafalgar Group poll of 1,117 likely voters, the largest group anyone surveyed about the race.

"Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear", Beshear told supporters.

The prospect of a Bevin loss was seen as an upset.

"Bevin was ahead by five percentage points in the polls before Donald Trump came to the state!" exclaimed Scarborough.

"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 that streak belies a much more competitive political landscape, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and 13 of the last 16 governors have been Democrats.

While Tuesday's results aren't necessarily predictive of what will happen next November, voters in multiple states tied their decisions to the national atmosphere, particularly the president. Bevin has said he would not concede. This is the third election in a row in which Democrats made significant gains since Trump was elected.

At the Democrats' election party at an event center in the predominantly African-American Louisville neighbourhood of Smoketown, the mood turned from nervous to jovial as returns showed Beshear taking the lead.

Of the four states with legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one where control of the statehouse was up for grabs. "Great reaction under pressure Tate!"

In New Jersey, Democrats sought to hold on to their supermajority in the State Assembly.

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