Kentucky Libertarians reportedly “appear to be relishing” their role as “spoilers’ in the gubernatorial election that now looks to be in the hands of state Attorney General Andy Beshear, who pulled off an upset win over Gov. Matt Bevin, although Bevin has yet to throw in the towel.
Major media outlets are giving this contest plenty of attention as a “blow to President Donald Trump.” NBC News gave slightly less attention to the victory of Trump-endorsed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to become Mississippi’s next governor, succeeding term-limited Phil Bryant.
But according to Fox News, Kentucky Libertarians are not unhappy that the reportedly unpopular Bevin could be on his way out. In a message on Facebook, the party reportedly stated, “We are always happy to split the vote in a way that causes delicious tears. Tonight there are plenty of delicious tears from Bevin supporters.”
Bevin had tangled with public employees and had other troubles during his tenure. After all precincts had reported, Fox News said Bevin was trailing Beshear by 5,333 votes out of 1.4 million ballots counted. That small a margin is typically enough to demand a recount.
Still, Beshear and the Democratic National Committee were claiming victory Wednesday morning.
The Libertarian message added this: “Had Matt Bevin not ditched his liberty Lt Governor for a Mitch McConnell picked anti liberty, corrupt running mate who has tried to eliminate Kentuckians jury trial rights, had Matt Bevin not presided over a huge sales tax increase, had Matt Bevin supported any of our key issues on criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, expanded gaming, cutting taxes, or acted with the least bit of civility, we probably would not have run a candidate.”
Fox News also reported that Libertarian candidate John Hicks was able to pull 28,426 votes, well over the number separating Bevin and Beshear.
Lost in the controversy is the election of Republican Daniel Cameron as the state’s first African-American state attorney general. Cameron becomes Kentucky’s first Republican attorney general in more than seven decades, which makes his win historic on two levels. Cameron had also gotten the nod from President Trump, a fact that the establishment media seems to be glossing over.
Where the gubernatorial conflict may end could be in the courts. Bevin’s campaign was reportedly talking about some election issues in some areas. The Bevin campaign is asking for a “recanvas” of the election returns.
Elsewhere, Virginia Democrats and gun control supporters are reveling in the Democrat sweep of legislative races in the Old Dominion. Anti-gun Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam has effectively declared war on Virginia gun owners, announcing he will resurrect his gun control agenda in January.
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