Latest Steve Beshear News

Beshear says avoiding national politics fueled Kentucky win

Nov. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he won in the red state of Kentucky by distancing himself from national politics and connecting with voters desperate for leaders focused more on their needs and less on “the 24-hour cable news cycle.” Beshear, who...

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

Nov. 17, 2019 9:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. Those outcomes hardly predict national 2020 results: President Donald Trump isn’t suddenly at risk of losing Louisiana...

Some in GOP warn against election challenge in Kentucky

Nov. 7, 2019 7:24 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his reelection bid unless he finds evidence of massive fraud. U.S. Rep. James Comer, who lost to Bevin by 83 votes in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary, is among Republicans suggesting...

Bevin seeks vote recanvass while Beshear starts transition

Nov. 7, 2019 5:32 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Wednesday for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office. Beshear, the state's attorney general, said he's confident in...

The Latest: Bevin: Recanvass of votes to ensure 'integrity'

Nov. 6, 2019 5:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's race for governor (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he asked for a recanvass of Tuesday's election results in order to make sure there is "integrity in the process." The election results currently show the Republican incumbent trailing...

Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call

Nov. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear held a narrow lead and...

Dem leads Kentucky governor's race that is too close to call

Nov. 6, 2019 2:37 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The hotly contested governor's race in Kentucky was too close to call Tuesday night, with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear holding a narrow lead — and declaring victory — over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. With 100% of precincts reporting, the tenacious Beshear...

AP news guide: Nov. 5 general election in Kentucky

Nov. 5, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin narrowly trailed in his reelection bid Tuesday against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in a race too close to call. Beshear declared victory, but Bevin did not concede the close contest. Despite strong backing from President Donald Trump,...

The Latest: Beshear wraps up campaign with Louisville stop

Nov. 4, 2019 9:53 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's rally on the eve of the Kentucky governor's race (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Democrat Steve Beshear has made a final campaign stop at a Louisville brewery after a whirlwind final tour of the state to challenge Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear...

Kentucky governor looks to Trump for campaign-closing boost

Nov. 3, 2019 11:48 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In basketball-crazy Kentucky, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection bid should have been a slam dunk, with a strong economy and an electorate trending hard toward the GOP in recent years. But a series of misplays has damaged the acerbic businessman-turned-politician's prospects. He...