Kentucky loses Republican governor, gains first-ever black attorney general

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 6th, 2019 9:30 am

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 10:46 am

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin narrowly lost to Democrat challenger Andy Beshear in a closely watched election Tuesday night.

Beshear currently serves as Kentucky’s attorney general and is the son of former Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who served from 2007 to 2015.

“Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear,” Beshear said. “It’s a message that says our elections don’t have to be about right versus left, they are still about right versus wrong.”

The governor-elect is being replaced as attorney general by Kentucky’s first-ever African American attorney general Daniel Cameron, who is the first Republican attorney general in 70 years.

Bevin has yet to concede, citing “more than a few irregularities” with the election.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both traveled to Kentucky recently in hopes of aiding Bevin’s reelection. Trump made a plea to the people of Kentucky to get out and vote for Bevin or else it sends a bad message to Washington.