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Beshear Beats Trump-Loving Bevin for Kentucky Governor

Bevin, left, must hand over the governor’s mansion to Beshear.
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Kentucky’s Republican governor, Matt Bevin, is refusing to concede to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear despite the latter’s lead of several thousand votes with all precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election; he’s cited nonspecific “irregularities,” and his refusal has apparently led the Associated Press to hold off on calling the race. But barring something unexpected, Beshear has won. His victory by no means indicates the Bluegrass State is turning actually blue (Republicans won the other statewide contests on the ballot, including the one for Beshear’s current job). But it does show that a Republican with a foul temperament and unpopular policies is not going to be able to ride pure partisanship to victory. David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report made the call on Tuesday night and explained the results:

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