BREAKING: Democrat Andy Beshear Apparent Upset Winner in KY Governor’s Race

Democrat Andy Beshear is the apparent winner in a hotly contested Kentucky governor race.

Beshear has declared victory.

Former VP candidate Tim Kaine says:

“Any Republican that tries to downplay Andy Beshear’s win… they are whistling past the graveyard. Kentucky is one of the most Republican states in the country.”

NBC reports Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear pulled off an upset Tuesday night in an apparent victory over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and dealing a blow to President Donald Trump, NBC News projects.

Trump had endorsed Bevin and campaigned with him in Lexington the night before the election, where the president told supporters that a loss by the GOP governor would be portrayed as Trump’s having suffered “the greatest defeat in the history of the world.”

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the candidates were separated by less than 10,000 votes. Beshear was leading with 49.4 percent, or 706,865 votes, to Bevin’s 48.7 percent, or 696,918 votes.

Turnout appeared to be higher than expected and is estimated at 1.4 million — roughly 400,000 more than the last governor’s contest in 2015, according to an NBC News analysis.

Trump injected himself into the race, traveling to Lexington on Monday to boost Bevin by trying to turn out the GOP base in the conservative state.

Bevin is not conceding the race yet.

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