No matter how the media spin it, Kentucky’s election wasn’t an embarrassment for Trump

· November 6, 2019  
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Matt Bevin at Trump Kentucky rally
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The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

In Kentucky’s closely watched gubernatorial race last night, Democrat Andy Beshear declared victory with a razor-thin .4 percent margin, while incumbent Republican Matt Bevin hasn’t conceded yet.

Given how vocal Bevin was about impeachment attempts against the president and the fact that President Trump went to bat for Bevin at a Monday night rally, there was a lot of buzz about how Bevin’s race could serve as a bellwether for Trump’s chances in 2020. However, Republicans won in all the other partisan races for statewide office, so it appears that the results were more of a referendum on Bevin and his nationally ranked unpopularity among his constituents. One of those winners, by the way, is the commonwealth’s first African-American elected to statewide office and its first Republican attorney general since the 1940s.

And while some reports might bill the outcome as an embarrassment for the president, Trump World doesn’t see it that way.

“I’m not worried about that as a race,” Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News. “Like I said, I think he has done a good job, but Matt Bevin has picked some fights. Again, this has nothing to do with Trump.”

“The President 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,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said. “A final outcome remains to be seen.”


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Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is BlazeTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateOnTheHill or send tips to nmadden@blazemedia.com.