Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The repudiation continues

Let's face it: over the past 7 years, the Democrats only win elections consistently when Barack Obama is at the top of the ticket. When he's not on the ballot, Dems have been defeated soundly.

Tuesday night was yet another example of that.

Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday, as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.

Bevin, a self-funding investment manager, rode a late surge of outside support from national Republicans to defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Bevin will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.
Some other interesting factoids in the Obama era:

-With Bevin's win, there are now 32 GOP governors in the U.S. with 17 Democrats and 1 Independent.

- Bevin's running mate, Jenean Hampton, becomes Kentucky's first African-American to be elected to any statewide office.

- Per my radio show's political wonk Matt Mackowiak, Kentucky is the 13th state in which Democrats have lost the governorship in the Obama era.

- Since Obama's first inauguration in January 2009, the GOP has gained 13 seats in the U.S. Senate and 67 seats in the House.

Obviously Obama is not running in 2016. The anointed Dem front runner, Hillary Clinton, is underwater in terms of trustworthiness and, despite the mainstream media's best efforts, the FBI is not letting go of the email scandal. If the Republican candidates for President can somehow figure out how to get out of their own way, winning in 2016 is more than possible.

Make it happen!


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