Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to supporters at a Democratic election party in Richmond Virginia Nov. 5 2019

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Wednesday for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office.

Meanwhile, Beshear is claiming victory and promising to work on the issues he campaigned on, including improving Medicaid coverage, restoring voting rights to felons and protecting pensions for state workers. You can't let that happen to me!'

Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in deep-red Kentucky.

"We used Matt Bevin's words against him", Turner said.

Despite Bevin's refusal to concede, that defeat did indeed happen to the scandal-engulfed president.

Republicans '[w] on 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night, ' the president tweeted. Bevin may request counties recanvass their results, which is not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added correctly. In particular, Bevin got into battles with the state's teachers, a popular constituency that Beshear eagerly embraced.

According to Heye, the DE election results should "scare" Republicans in the sub-urb areas as it will impact President Trump's candidacy in 2020 elections. Beshear - the son of Kentucky's last Democratic governor, Steve Beshear -named his top deputy in the attorney general's office, J. Michael Brown, to lead his transition team.

Off-year state elections in the U.S. can be a mixed bag or harbingers of things to come.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 4, 2019. There were about 1.4 million votes cast in the governor's race-that's about 42 percent turnout. J.P. LaVertu, a Shelby County teacher, called Bevin "a disgrace to our state". Bernie Sanders Wednesday night accused Republican lawmakers of "threatening to effectively overturn the Kentucky election".

The Republicans brought in their big gun. Among those with an especially keen interest: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's on the ballot himself next year in Kentucky. In Virginia, which has a Democratic governor, the Democrats took control of both the Senate and the House of Delegates.

Beshear won the two big suburban/metropolitan counties decisively.

"Democrats had a ton of money, yet the Republicans still did well", he said.

Douglas says many states have a process for deciding elections that involves the legislature, but it's rarely used.

The outcome will undoubtedly be cited by the Democrats as a vindication of their CIA-inspired campaign to impeach Trump on national-security grounds, focusing on his failure to mount a sufficiently aggressive anti-Russian intervention in the Middle East and Ukraine. Trump won the state by 20 percentage points in 2016.

"If he (Bevin) chooses to file a formal election contest, the House Majority Caucus will handle the matter in a legal, ethical, and appropriate manner that fulfills the requirements set forth by the Kentucky Constitution, statute and rules of the House", House Speaker David Osborne said in a statement Thursday. This follows the congressional midterms in 2018, when Democrats regained control of the House.

Republicans were hoping an off-year election with no statewide candidates on the ballot would help defuse the anti-Trump energy that powered previous cycles.

However, he also attempted to turn the latter days of the election into a referendum on impeachment.

During the DE election, the Democrats dominated the Republicans in two sub-areas in Philadelphia as they show their dominance in Chester County's board of commissioners for the first time in the history and in the Buck's County board of commissioners since 1980s.

Republicans accused Democrats of trying to use the tragedy for political gain while focusing heavily on past Democratic efforts to loosen restrictions for third-trimester abortion.

Tuesday's election could help cement Democratic rule for the next decade, because the winners will decide who controls the next redistricting process.

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