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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Republican Bevin wins Kentucky governor's race

GOP Breaking Barriers for Blacks

  • Kentucky's new Lt. Governor is Republican Jenean Hampton. She will become the first African American to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor. She earned her Industrial Engineering degree from Wayne State University in 1985, and soon afterwards, she joined the Air Force as a computer systems officer, retiring as a CaptainHampton has been active in her local party and in the Tea Party Movement.

(Politico)  -  GOP businessman Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday night and will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.

The Associated Press called the contest with Bevin leading Conway, 52 percent to 44 percent, with 80 percent of precincts reporting. Polls prior to the vote showed a close race, with most surveys giving Conway, the state's sitting attorney general, a slight advantage.

Bevin, a multimillionaire investment manager who has spent $7 million trying to win elected office between this run and his failed 2014 Senate primary against now-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has completed a stunning political turnaround. In 2014, he lost the primary to McConnell by 25 percentage points, was mocked by fellow Republicans as an "East Coast Con Man" and a supporter of cockfighting. 

He entered the governor's race just hours before the filing deadline and won a May primary against two more establishment-oriented Republicans by a mere 83 votes.

A late $2.5-million spending blitz from the Republican Governors Association helped Bevin close the gap in television advertising in the final weeks. Even with the late help from the RGA, Democrats outspent Republicans in the contest, $9 million to $5 million.

Bevin's win continues two distressing Obama-era trends for Democrats. The party will know hold just 17 governorships, down from 29 in 2008. Only a single one of those — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — hails from the South.

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