Demand for Democrats over Trump-supported Kentucky controller, seized Virginia legislature


(Reuters) – The Democratic Party claimed a turbulent victory in Kentucky on Tuesday over a Republican governor with the support of President Donald Trump and took control of the state legislature in Virginia, where he had an anti-Trump temperament in the suburbs. strong force always.

Tuesday's election results in four states, including Mississippi and New Jersey, could offer tips on how next year's presidential election might arise, when Trump will focus on a second four-year term. .

In Kentucky, the Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, whose father Steve, the last democratic governor of the state, scored a narrow victory over Governor Matt Bevin despite the fact that Trump led the event.

In a speech in Lexington, Kentucky, Monday night, Trump – who won Kentucky about 30 percentage points in 2016 – told voters that they had to re-elect Bevin, or that the president would say “the biggest defeat in history was of the world. ”

The statements showed how Bevin, 52, looked to nationalize the campaign, highlighting his support for Trump among the Republican President's democratic clearance inquiries.

While Trump, who is still very popular in Kentucky, had a great effect, perhaps he had more to do with Bevin's reduced position in the state. Opinion polls showed Bevin to be the least popular regulator in the country, having fought high-profile fights with trade unions and labor teachers.

Beshear's victory could also hopefully add to the Democratic Party Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, who is in the state itself next year.

On Tuesday night's rally, Bevin refused to surrender, citing “irregularities,” unspecified, even as Beshear asked the governor to comply with the results.

Trump insisted on Twitter that his rally helped Bevin avoid more loss and added that Republicans won some other state races.

“@MattBevin managed to get at least 15 points in the last days, but maybe not enough (will blame on Trump News!),” Wrote the president.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a governor against Republican holder Matt Bevin, responds to election results nationwide at his watch party in Louisville, Kentucky, USA 5 November, 2019. REUTERS / Harrison McClary

In the meantime, the Democrats accepted the two rooms of the Virginia legislature from the narrow continents of the Republic, which would give full control over the first state government in the fourth century.

Successful Trump was avoided, where the Democrats got success in suburban swing areas in last year's conference elections, as they did in states across the country. In Tuesday's election, which the Democrats prevailed in some suburbs in Northern Virginia, he suggested that the trend was continuing.

In Mississippi, where the Republican Governor Phil Bryant was barred to run again due to term limits, Lieutenant Tate Reeves, the Republican Deputy Governor, opposed Attorney General Jim Hood, a moderate democracy that he liked. gun rights which oppose abortion rights.

Like Bevin, Reeves campaigned as a strong trump supporter in a successful Trump state in 2016. The president held a campaign rall in the state last week with Reeves.

In New Jersey, the Democrats were expected to retain most in the general state assembly, in the lower chamber of the legislature.


Virginia contest drew great attention and money from both parties. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, head of the Democratic Presidency, visited Virginia during the weekend to campaign with a number of stage candidates, and Republican Vice President Mike Pence ran a rally on Saturday.

Other Democratic presidential campaigns, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, also campaigned with local candidates.

In one significant race, Democrat Shelly Simonds, who lost House of Delegates state race in 2017, won a random draw after the tie election, relaunched against Republican David Yancey.

Virginia's Democratic gains came despite a scandal for the party's chief officials in the state. Governor Ralph Northam could not suffer political effort after his year-page showed that there was a photograph of a hidden person and another in the outfit of Ku Klux Klan, and the Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged. spend himself in college.

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Meanwhile, Lieutenant-Governor Justin Fairfax denied two charges of sexual assault.

The legislation is likely to mean that the Democrats can pass bills that Republicans have violated, including new gun limits. The Democrats will regulate the redrafting process in 2021, when legalists draw new polling lines for state and conference elections after next year's Census.

Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Edited by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Cooney

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