Beshear, the state's attorney general, said he's confident in the election outcome and has begun forming his transition team in preparing to become governor in December. That happens when you try to mess with people's health care and the teacher's union.
The analysis later outlined that Bevin did not have the personality that Trump has in rallying supporters to his cause, and that there was enough anti-Bevin backlash due to his policies to make the race as close as it was.
"We want this process to move forward expeditiously", Bevin said. Bevin, who has refused to concede to his opponent, Andy Bashear, claims that voting irregularities may play a role in the election's results. Although Kentucky's recount law doesn't apply to a governor's election, the AP is applying that same standard here. Beshear wins-Bevin loses!
The final hours of campaigning were overshadowed by the endorsement Bevin received from US President Donald Trump as the incumbent tried to overcome a tenacious challenger bearing a well-known last name.
Beshear - whose father, Steve Beshear, was governor from 2007 to 2015 - would not discuss the broader significance of his victory, heading into next year's presidential election. That's something Bevin lacked in his off-year election. He is the only Democrat elected statewide in Louisiana, after winning the governorship in 2015 when he beat the scandal-plagued Republican David Vitter.
The race came down to about 5,000 votes, or 0.4 percent.
The result could reverberate far beyond Kentucky. For US Senate in Kentucky.
Democratic gains in Virginia and New Jersey in 2017 presaged an electoral wave in 2018 that delivered control of the US House of Representatives to the party for the first time in eight years.
Beshear won the two big suburban/metropolitan counties decisively. In the recent DE election, Republicans took a step back after the Democrats finally took over.
Douglas says many states have a process for deciding elections that involves the legislature, but it's rarely used. Republicans had slim majorities in both the state House and Senate.
National groups, particularly those aligned with Democrats, pumped huge amounts of money into the contests as a way to test-drive expensive messaging and get-out-the-vote campaigns ahead of the 2020 cycle. With control of the state legislature, Democrats have vowed to advance gun control legislation and healthcare reforms.
Virginia also drew several high-profile visits from 2020 presidential hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as current Vice President Mike Pence.
And, while the president is wildly popular in the state, surveys pegged Bevin as the least popular governor in the country.
His election three years ago has been disastrous for Virginia Republicans, particularly in growing suburban areas. The GOP also swept all the down-ballot races - marking the first time since Reconstruction that Republicans will hold all statewide offices.
"This historic victory should send a chill down the spines of Donald Trump and every Republican", Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement.
Emergency vehicles fill the parking lot at the Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after a nearby shooting killed 12, May 31, 2019. The elections board is scheduled to meet November 21 to certify Tuesday's results.