Make Mitch Sweat: 2019 Kentucky Races Democrats Can Win in McConnell's Backyard

Make Mitch Sweat: 2019 Kentucky Races Democrats Can Win in McConnell's Backyard


Election info for Kentucky voters:

  • Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot: Tues, 10/29

  • Early/Absentee Vote in Person: Special circumstances only

  • Election Day: Tues, 11/5

  • Photo ID Required? Yes (acceptable forms)


Kentucky should be an easy win for Republicans. Trump's approval ratings in Kentucky are sky high compared to much of the country. Trump also won Kentucky by over thirty points in the 2016 election. In addition, Kentucky has Partisan Voting Index or PVI of R+15. Put another way, Kentucky leans fifteen points more Republican than the rest of the country. By contrast, California, a state with a Democratic supermajority in both houses of the state legislature and where Democrats basically have free reign, only has a PVI rating of D+12.

Andy Beshear for Governor

But thanks to a combination of Governor Matt Bevin’s habit of picking fights with his fellow Republicans (including his own Lieutenant Governor) and public school teachers, an opioid epidemic that has devastated the state (with nearly twice the national average of opioid related deaths), and a strong campaign by Attorney General Andy Beshear, Governor Bevin is in real danger of losing the Governor's Mansion. If Democrats can win the Governor’s race here, we will have huge momentum going into 2020. 

However, due to the fact that Trump is immensely popular in Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin has been able to utilize this fact to close the polling distance with Beshear, and now the two of them are tied

Out of all the three gubernatorial races going on this year, this is the second easiest and second most difficult to win. Democrat Andy Beshear needs help. 

Attorney General Beshear has done excellent work for the people of Kentucky by holding drug companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has devastated Kentucky in court. He has also stopped Governor Bevin from gutting teachers pensions and the state university system in the Kentucky state supreme court. He was one of the fifteen state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit to protect the Affordable Care Act

Greg Stumbo for Attorney General

Running to replace Andy Beshear as Attorney General are two candidates. 

One is the personal attorney of Senator Mitich McConnell, Daniel Cameron. 

That is all you need to know about Cameron. 

The other is a dedicated public servant named Greg Stumbo, who got his start as a prosecutor. Like Beshear, he has fought to hold those responsible for the states opioid epidemic accountable. That being said, he is going to need a lot of help. 

Both of Beshear and Stumbo have won statewide races in Kentucky before, albeit under much different circumstances than today. Given the right support, they can do right by the people of Kentucky, and help put a dent in Trump’s chances in 2020 by giving Democrats in the South a badly needed victory. 

No matter what, this is going to be a hard race for Democrats to win. Kentucky is as red as I like my steak, and Trump is beloved in the state. But the Governor is quite unpopular, and has an opponent with a real chance of defeating him. 

Beshear and Stumbo’s websites will be below, along with links to their ActBlue links. 

Lets send them some help. They are going to need it. 

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