• Some Pretty Bad News and a Few Cheering Tidbits for Republicans on Election Night 2019

    Surge Summary: Ups and downs for Republicans on Election Night 2019: an apparent gubernatorial loss in Kentucky, the reverse in Mississippi, and the Virginia State Legislature going Democrat; plus a couple of surprising initiative results which might cheer the GOP a bit.

    Tuesday night, election night 2019? Definitely a mixed bag for the GOP. Incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) has apparently gone down in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race; but is refusing to concede after challenger Attorney General Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) declared victory. On the other hand, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) won Mississippi’s governor’s race besting Attorney General Jim Hood (D-Miss.). Elsewhere, in Virginia? Back to grim news for Republicans: Democrats took both chambers of the legislature — the first time in more than two decades they’ve done so.

    OneNewsNow’s Michael F. Haverluck continues:

    Bevin, who took a hard stand against abortion and immigration, was endorsed by President Donald Trump, who called on an “angry majority” of voters to reelect the incumbent, but he came up short at the end of the night with just 48.9% (707,297 votes) next to Beshear’s 49.2% (711,955) and Libertarian candidate John Hicks’ 2% (28,475 votes).

    Memo to the Republican Chief Exec and his supporters: perhaps “anger” isn’t indefinitely going to do as much of an electoral trick as it has previously done? There are indications a sizable chunk of voters wants more than just being furious at “the swamp” or “deep state”.

    Meanwhile, Bevin is not ready to throw in the towel, citing “irregularities,”  according to Fox News,

    as the closely watched contest with national implications remains too close to call. The Associated Press said it could not declare a winner, owing to the tight margin, [but] the Democratic National Committee and other top Democrats … claimed victory.

    “Although Bevin has not outlined his next steps, Kentucky law provides for a variety of possible challenges – including a recount, a recanvass or a legal challenge to the election based on irregularities,” Fox News’ Gregg Re noted. “There is no automatic recount process under Kentucky law.”

    The President and Republicans knew Bevin was facing a daunting challenge.

    “Although Trump carried deep-red Kentucky by 30 points in the 2016 presidential election, Bevin has long been unusually unpopular for a Republican in the state, owing in part to his numerous spats with striking public school teachers and his plan to address a growing pension crisis,” Re informed.

    “Bevin significantly underperformed the rest of the GOP ticket on the ballot in Kentucky on Tuesday, as Republican candidate Daniel Cameron handily won his race to become the state’s next attorney general,” Re noted. “Cameron made history as the first African American to be elected Kentucky Attorney General and the first Republican to hold the post in more than 70 years.”

    In an odd development,

    “Cameron received 774,864 votes in his 15-percentage-point win – while Bevin garnered only approximately 700,000 votes for his marquee gubernatorial bid,” Re added. “It is highly unusual for down-ballot races to attract more voter interest than gubernatorial contests.”

    Furthermore, PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil bears some additional mollifying tidings for Blue Grass State Republican’s:

    While Bevin seems likely to lose his race, Republicans won every other contest in Kentucky. Republicans won in elections for agriculture commissioner, attorney general, state auditor, the court of appeals, secretary of state, state Supreme Court, state treasurer, and the two statehouse races … .

    For this reason, President Trump predicted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “will win BIG in Kentucky next year!”

    Meanwhile, Haverluck reports, taking the reins from current term-limited Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.), Tate Reeves snagged an over-eight-point victory Tuesday night — despite Hood’s status as the best-funded Democrat to run for Mississippi’s executive office in the past 10 years.

    “President Trump’s rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale declared in a statement, according to AP. “Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low.”

    The forty-five-year-old Reeves emphasized small government during his campaign, focusing on

    “keeping taxes low and limiting government regulation of businesses [and] said that a vote for Hood is akin to a vote for ‘liberal’ national Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” the AP informed.

    East of the Magnolia State, news was not as encouraging for the GOP:

    “The Democratic Party flipped both chambers of the Virginia legislature on Tuesday, winning total control of the statehouse for the first time in nearly 25 years,” TheBlaze reported. “Prior to Tuesday’s vote, Republicans held narrow majorities in both the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates. Now, the Democrats not only run the commonwealth’s General Assembly, but hold the governorship, lieutenant governorship, attorney general, and both U.S. Senate seats.”

    Things are looking up for Virginia Democrats in the House, as well.

    According to The Hill, “Democrats also hold seven of Virginia’s 11 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives,” The Hill pointed out.

    In spite of scandal-beset Democratic pols, enough voters were undeterred to give the party a win for the evening.

    “Democrats were able to pull off this victory, despite scandals among the three top statewide officials in their party,” NPR stressed. “Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) were both embroiled in blackface scandals earlier this year, while Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D) continues to fight resurfaced allegations of sexual assault, which he has repeatedly denied. All three resisted calls to resign.”

    According to NBC News, checking off a Progressive’s rhapsodic wish-list in a Tuesday night oration, Northam exulted,

    “Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government. Voters want us to defend the rights of women, LGBTQ Virginians, immigrant communities, and communities of color. They want us to increase access to a world-class education for every child, and make sure no one is forced to go bankrupt because they or a family member gets sick. They want us to invest in clean energy and take bold action to combat climate change. And they want us to finally pass commonsense gun safety legislation, so no one has to fear being hurt or killed while at school, at work, or at their place of worship.”

    O’Neil also relays voters across the nation addressed a host of interesting ballot initiatives, some of which yielded what, for some, could be unanticipated results. These include:

    In Tucson, Ariz., one of that state’s most liberal enclaves,

    voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make their city the state’s first and only sanctuary city. The initiative was intended to challenge a 2010 state law directing local authorities to work with federal immigration authorities to combat illegal immigration. While liberals pushed the measure, Democrats in the city government were relieved it did not pass. As the Associated Press reported, “They worry the initiative would jeopardize millions of dollars in state and federal funding and put public safety at risk.” You don’t say! …

    [And] voters in Washington State [!!] seem to have defeated a ballot initiative that would have reinstated the use of affirmative action in state employment.

    Thus, one open-border friendly and one arguably reverse-racist measure shot down in areas that could have been expected to go the other way? That might extend some comfort to Republicans in what has to be deemed a disappointing night for them on several other levels.

    Taking into account some local contests (in Pennsylvania, for instance) radio host Ben Shapiro probably summarized the evening accurately: Blue (Democratic) areas got bluer, Red (Republican) areas got redder and Purple (mixed) areas got bluer.

    Not an unrelieved disaster for the GOP; hardly, either, an election day of towering victory.

    Note: this column has been updated. 

    H/T: OneNewsNow/Michael F. Haverluck

    H/T: PJ Media, Tyler O’Neil

    Image: Adapted from: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

     


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