|Governor-elect Matt Bevin. The controversial Republican businessman won the Kentucky governor's race.|
He's perennial no more. Insurgent candidate Matt Bevin eeks a victory against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway. Bevin, an insurgent backed businessman was a risky choice for the Republicans.
The Republicans didn't put too much money in this race. And now it's likely Bevin may return the favor to the Republicans. The establishment should be concern with this. They didn't help him throughout his campaign. I can bet you that Donald Trump and Ben Carson will try to use Bevin as an example of conservatives winning without being "politically correct".
Bevin ran ads throwing Conway into the Obama den.
This Kentucky healthcare exchange could be at risk if Bevin decides to scrap the idea.
Kim Davis must have been a contributing factor to Bevin's victory. Earlier this year, Davis, a county clerk was jailed for refusing to follow federal order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Republicans are now motivated with this win. Democrats now hold 17 governorships and Republicans now hold 33.
Bevin will be like Terry Brandstad, Paul LaPage, and Scott Walker.
Bluegrass State voters took to the polls on Tuesday to elect Bevin, who will replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D). He defeated Democrat Jack Conway and Independent candidate Drew Curtis.
Bevin, only the second Republican elected to Kentucky's highest office in 40 years, is best known for his insurgent-backed challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2014 GOP primary for Kentucky's Senate race. He announced his run for governor in January, going on to defeat other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, including former state Supreme Court Justice Will Scott and State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
Conway, who first announced his intent to run for governor in May 2014, has served as Kentucky's attorney general since 2008. He ran against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in 2010 and lost. Before that, he was a private attorney.
Conway and Bevin took part in several heated exchanges leading up to Election Day, with The Courier-Journal reporting the insurgent accused Conway of "lying" during a recent debate.
This election has also put Medicaid expansion in the spotlight, the AP reported last month. Bevin pushed to repeal and replace Kynect, Kentucky's health coverage program, while Conway argued to continue the Medicaid expansion -- which saw twice as many people signed up in the first year as state officials had predicted -- unchanged.