Donald Trump shakes hands with Kentucky governor Matt Bevin during a rally in Lexington, Kentucky Getty Images
On Tuesday voters in a handful of states once again headed to the polls – and the message they delivered was one that again should be of concern to Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Bevin’s strength in the rural parts of the state weren’t enough to overcome Beshear’s margins in the cities and – of particular concern to Republicans – the kind of suburban areas that also were key to many Democratic wins in 2018.
Trump himself threw his support behind Bevin in the campaign’s closing days, holding a rally in Louisville on Monday – and warned that a Bevin loss could bolster the forces pushing for his impeachment.
“If you lose, they will say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world,” the president said at that rally. “You can’t let that happen to me, and you can’t let that happen to your incredible state.”
The president wasn’t wrong. Republicans did well in other Kentucky races and Bevin’s loss may be by the narrowest of margins (and could lead to a court-ordered recount), but it will be cited as evidence of Trump’s weakened political muscle.
Virginia goes full blue
On Tuesday the party finished the job, winning both chambers of the state’s legislature and delivering the party unified control of the state government for the first time since 1993.
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