2019 election

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Matt Bevin says that he looks forward to returning to the private sector once his term as governor ends on December 10.

Bevin, a Republican, lost his race for reelection by about 5,000 votes to Democratic rival Andy Beshear. A recanvass of the election results only produced one additional vote for a write-in candidate.

When asked what he will do next during an interview on Fox and Friends on Saturday, Bevin said “we’ll see.”

“I find myself now back to exactly where I’ve been,” Bevin said. “The private sector is a wonderful place, it really is. It served me well for years and I look forward to returning.”

 


J. Tyler Franklin

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin conceded his race for reelection, paving the way for Gov.-elect Andy Beshear to take office next month. 

Bevin requested a recanvass of the results after losing by about 5,000 votes, but the process only produced one new vote. Meanwhile, Andy Beshear has begun assembling his administration


Ryland Barton

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has assembled his transition team, a group of 163 people who will help put together the administration that will run Kentucky’s government for the next four years.

Beshear’s announcement comes a day after Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the election, which he lost by more than 5,000 votes last week but challenged the initial returns.

Beshear said that he would try to build unity by putting together a transition team that includes people from different parties, backgrounds and regions.

 


J. Tyler Franklin

More than a week after initial results showed him losing to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes, Gov. Matt Bevin has conceded the election.
Bevin’s concession means that Beshear will become the 64th governor of Kentucky on Dec. 10th, Inauguration Day.

Bevin made the announcement during a press conference in the state Capitol in Frankfort while a recanvass of the election was being conducted across the state.

“We’re going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people,” Bevin said. “And what I want is to see the absolute best for Kentucky.”

Update: Gov. Bevin Concedes, Says He Won't Contest Election Results

Nov 14, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin

Update: Republican Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday afternoon said he will not contest the Nov. 5 election results, and conceded the race to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

A recanvass Tuesday undertaken by all 120 counties appears to show no change in the vote totals, confirming that Beshear defeated Bevin by nearly 5,200 votes.  

Lisa Autry

Another Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has come out against the idea of Gov. Bevin contesting results of the Nov. 5 election in the state legislature. 

According to unofficial tallies, the GOP incumbent was defeated by 5,189 votes by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

Bevin claims there were voting “irregularities,” but has shown no evidence.  Republican state Senator Mike Wilson of Bowling Green says if the recanvass doesn’t change the results, Bevin should move on.

“You have to show clear, compelling evidence that there was fraud that would have changed the outcome of the election," Wilson said in an interview with WKU Public Radio.

Joseph Lord

All county boards of elections in Kentucky will convene Thursday morning to recanvass the results of the governor’s race. 

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory over Governor Matt Bevin in the Nov. 5 election, with unofficial results showing Beshear with a 5,189-vote lead statewide.  Bevin refused to concede the race, citing “irregularities,” which have been unsubstantiated.  

The purpose of a recanvass is to verify the accuracy of the vote totals reported from voting machines.  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she doesn’t believe the difference in the vote can be made up by Bevin.


Ryland Barton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that it appears Gov. Matt Bevin has lost his bid for reelection, even though Bevin still hasn’t conceded the race.

Bevin has requested a recanvass of the final tally that showed Beshear winning by more than 5,000 votes last Tuesday. A recanvass is a minimal double check of each county’s final election results and historically has only produced minor differences in the final count.

But on Monday, McConnell signaled that the race was over.

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Some political observers may be scratching their heads over how a reliably red state that embraces President Donald Trump chose a Democrat over the Republican incumbent for governor in last week’s election in Kentucky. 

Outgoing Attorney General Andy Beshear emerged the apparent winner with a more than 5,100-vote advantage over Matt Bevin. 

Joel Turner, a political science professor at Western Kentucky University, doesn’t think the governor’s race was a referendum on President Donald Trump, whom he expects to win Kentucky again in the 2020 election by 20 to 30 points.  Turner says the results from the Nov. 5 contest instead reflect widespread dissatisfaction with Bevin.

Dealing with GOP Legislature Next Challenge for Beshear

Nov 8, 2019
Ryland Barton

Preparing to assume the Kentucky governor's post after his election showdown with incumbent Matt Bevin, Democrat Andy Beshear faces perhaps an even bigger challenge ahead — dealing with a Republican-dominated legislature determined to set its own agenda.

Although Bevin has refused to concede after Tuesday's results showed him trailing by more than 5,000 votes, Beshear has pivoted toward preparing to govern ahead of the Dec. 10 inauguration. Beshear has started reaching out to GOP lawmakers whose help he would need to pass many of his proposals.

"It's time to come together and to get to work," Beshear said at a postelection press conference.

Kyeland Jackson

A growing number of lawmakers from both political parties are calling on Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to not pursue an official contest of Tuesday’s election totals that showed him losing to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes.

So far Bevin has requested a recanvass of the totals — a process where county clerks around the state will double check their vote totals on Nov. 14.

But Bevin has made unsubstantiated claims that there were deeper problems with the election, laying the groundwork for an election contest. That would mean the race would be decided by the Republican-led legislature.

 


Some in GOP Warn Against Election Challenge in Kentucky

Nov 7, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin

Some Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his bid for a second term unless he finds evidence of massive fraud.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, who lost to Bevin by 83 votes in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary, is among several Republicans suggesting that Bevin may need to accept the election results rather than initiate a bloody fight that could end up in the Republican-controlled legislature. Bevin trails by more than 5,000 votes to Democrat Andy Beshear, out of more than 1.4 million votes cast.

The comments may be an early indication that leaders of Bevin's own party may not have the appetite to sustain a lengthy challenge.

Kyeland Jackson

Without providing specific details or evidence, Gov. Matt Bevin is claiming that during Tuesday’s gubernatorial election thousands of absentee ballots were improperly counted and that eligible voters were turned away from polls.

The announcement comes after Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear garnered more than 5,000 more votes than Bevin during the election according to unofficial results.

 


Kentucky Board of Elections

In his successful 2007 gubernatorial run, Steve Beshear lost 28 counties, winning the state’s other 92. He also lost only 28 counties in his winning reelection bid in 2011.

His son Andy Beshear, running in a similar Democrat-but-not-that-left style, won just 23 counties on Tuesday, losing the other 97. Andy Beshear’s path to victory included huge margins in Jefferson and Fayette counties, which combined he won by about 36 percentage points (68-32). But the attorney general lost the rest of the 118 counties to Gov. Matt Bevin by a combined 12 percentage points (44-56).

Jacob Ryan

Talking heads across the country are asking: What does Democrat Andy Beshear’s apparent gubernatorial win over incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin mean for 2020, when both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell will be on Kentucky voters’ ballots?

The real answer may be “not much,” considering Bevin’s low likeability rating, and the unique circumstances surrounding this race. But one factor that could change as a result of Tuesday’s election is the makeup of Kentucky’s electorate, which could have reverberations in 2020 and beyond.

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