Bevin Refuses to Concede Kentucky Gubernatorial Race, Citing Voting ‘Irregularities’

CNN Headline Blames Trump for Kentucky Governor's Loss, but Analysis Excuses Trump

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear was leading with 49.2 percent, or 709,671 votes, against Bevin's 48.8 percent, or 704,520 votes, according to NBC News.

Beshear, meanwhile, is well known as state attorney general and the son of Steve Beshear, who won two terms as governor from 2007 to 2016 even as the state trended more solidly Republican in federal elections.

"If we can beat Bevin, we can remove Mitch McConnell", Denise Finley, a Beshear supporter who knocked on thousands of doors in Lexington during the campaign, told PBS NewsHour. "We owe this to the people of Kentucky".

Trump said that losing the election would send "a really bad message to the rest of the country" and "you can't let that happen to me".

But it did happen to him, and now Trump and other conservatives are desperately spinning Bevin's loss as a win for Trump, claiming that the President's appearance helped tighten the margin in the race, even if Bevin ultimately lost.

Speaking at an afternoon news conference, Bevan said, "We want this process to move forward expeditiously". He also called Bevin's refusal to concede "appropriate", which is certainly a word in the English language, though not one that applies here.

"Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night", he tweeted. In Kentucky, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear emphasized so-called "kitchen table issues" such as healthcare and education instead of Trump during the campaign.

Trump tried to avoid this dynamic, holding an election-eve rally with Bevin and acknowledging the governor's fate would be intrinsically linked to his own.

The rally was attended by well over 10,000 Kentuckians, many wearing t-shirts that said "Read the Transcript", all of whom showed their boisterous support for both the president and Gov. Bevin. On Tuesday, Beshear not only carried the county easily, he almost doubled the number of Democratic votes there, compared to the Democratic nominee of four years ago. In that race Republicans ran a controversial candidate in Chris Shambo, a guy who had posted offensive stuff on social media; he was accused by police just a year ago of "domestic assault", a case that was later dropped.

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Bevin has cited irregularities in the voting process as his reason for not conceding, though no specific examples have been given as to the nature of these irregularities. Bernie Sanders Wednesday night accused Republican lawmakers of "threatening to effectively overturn the Kentucky election". Trump will visit the state on Wednesday to help boost Rispone. In Virginia, where Medicaid expansion passed past year, voters gave control of the legislature to Democrats, which could result in Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam withdrawing or freezing a pending request to impose work requirements on beneficiaries.

Bevin's second-place position also suggests there may be limits to Trump's typically uncanny ability to turn out his base for a candidate. The House of Delegates shifted from 51-49 Republican to 53-47 Democratic.

Douglas says many states have a process for deciding elections that involves the legislature, but it's rarely used.

And in both states, the opioid crisis has been a major economic and social issue. He suggested people may have improperly turned away from the polls, and said such claims need corroboration. Just last weekend Vice President Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden held events in the state for their respective parties.

In New York City, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams kept his seat with a reelection victory over Republican Joseph Borelli and Libertarian Devin Balkind.

The GOP strategist also said he believes the election showed that impeachment is backfiring on Democrats.

Democrats have pledged that when they take power, they will pass an agenda that Republicans have blocked for years, including stricter gun laws, a higher minimum wage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, making Virginia the final state needed for possible passage of the gender equality measure. All of those candidates lost to Republicans; they were swept aside.

Emergency vehicles fill the parking lot at the Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after a nearby shooting killed 12, May 31, 2019.

Republicans accused Democrats of trying to use the tragedy for political gain while focusing heavily on past Democratic efforts to loosen restrictions for third-trimester abortion.

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