Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said that attempts to downplay the apparent loss of incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, wont go well for the GOP.
The elections in Kentucky on Tuesday saw Republicans hold onto or gain all statewide offices except for the governors office. But Kaine believes Bevin appearing to lose to Andy Beshear, who has declared victory, portends trouble for Republicans ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“Any Republican that tries to downplay Andy Beshears win, and it looks like he will win, they are whistling past the graveyard,” Kaine, who was on Hillary Clintons 2016 ticket as the vice president nominee, said during an appearance on CNNs “Cuomo Primetime” late Tuesday, noting Virginia borders Kentucky.
“Kentucky is one of the most Republican states in the country. President Trump put it all in by going down there last night to try to get Kentucky to do what they always do, which is go red,” he added.
President Donald Trump flew to Kentucky to hold a rally on Monday, urging people to turn out and vote for Bevin and other Republican candidates.
Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday and early Wednesday to dismiss Bevins apparent loss and hype the wins, including congratulating Daniel Cameron, the first black attorney general in Kentucky history.
“Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night. @MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!),” Trump wrote in one tweet.
“Our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all of the races. The increase in Governors race was at least 15 points, and maybe 20!” he said in another.
Based on the Kentucky results, Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr will win BIG in Kentucky next year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Read More – Source