Nov 5, 2019

2019's key state elections foreshadow what's to come in 2020

A voter completes his ballot during the 2019 Virginia primary elections. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images

State elections in Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky on Tuesday could shift significant legislative power to Democrats, foreshadowing a local angle to the battle for Congress in 2020, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Democrats and Republicans are duking it out to take power of state legislatures ahead of the 2020 Census in order to hold a majority during the redistricting process.

The state of play: These elections have been elevated to the national stage as big names advocate for both parties. President Trump is advocating for GOP candidates around the country, while celebrities, such as Trump's "SNL" foe Alec Baldwin, have hit the trail for Democrats, reports NPR.

  • Voters will be electing a governor in Kentucky and Mississippi, where Democrats are trying to end the GOP's lock on the governor's mansion and both houses of the state legislatures.
  • In Virginia, Democrats have a chance to flip both the state's House of Delegates and Senate from the GOP, which currently holds both by razor-thin margins.

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Residents vote on Nov. 5 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Democrats flipped Virginia's state Senate and House of Delegates on Tuesday, while Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear held a razor-thin lead over his Trump-backed opponent and the Republicans held on to win the Mississippi governor's mansion.

The big picture: Democrats' win in Virginia adds control of the House of Delegates and the state Senate to the governor's mansion. President Trump used the House impeachment inquiry against him as a political rallying cry in Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races — but its success in campaigns has yet to be seen.

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Trump rallies for governor hopeful and rails against Warren in Louisiana

President Trump gestures at his rally in Monroe, La., on Wednesday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump urged voters at a rally in Monroe, Louisiana, Wednesday night to back businessman Eddie Rispone's bid to unseat the state's Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), whom he labeled a "radical, liberal," ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff.

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Democrat holds razor-thin lead in Kentucky governor race

Beshear and his son, Nov. 5. Photo: Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear was holding a narrow lead Tuesday night over President Trump's pick for governor, incumbent Matt Bevin.

Why it matters: A win from Beshear would suggest that the impeachment inquiry into Trump is not the useful 2020 strategy Republicans assumed it would be, even in Trump-friendly states.

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