Should the GOP Worry about Losing the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion?

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks at the 2018 Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Fla., December 22, 2018.
Incumbent Republican Matt Bevin faces a tougher-than-expected race against state attorney general Andy Beshear.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Republican party is bracing itself for a possible upset in Kentucky, as incumbent GOP governor Matt Bevin faces a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democratic attorney general Andy Beshear.

Of the three gubernatorial races set to be decided next month, only the contest in the Bluegrass State features an incumbent Republican — Bevin, who won the office in 2015 by promising to govern as a conservative reformer, and cemented his reputation as a rising GOP star in the process. But despite largely keeping those promises, Bevin now finds himself in a dogfight with Beshear.

The most recent poll of the race, from Gravis

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