Nov 6, 2019

Daniel Cameron becomes Kentucky's first African American attorney general

People cast votes in Louisville, Ky. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Voters elected Daniel Cameron, the former legal counsel for Sen. Mitch McConnell, as Kentucky's attorney general on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Cameron's win is historic for Kentucky as he becomes its first African American attorney general, its first independently elected African American individual to win statewide office and its first Republican attorney general in more than 70 years, according to the New York Times.

  • He replaces Democrat Andy Beshear, who defeated the state's incumbent Republican governor, Matt Bevin.

What he's saying: In his acceptance speech, Cameron said he plans to "get back to the bread-and-butter basics of being the chief law enforcement officer in defending and enforcing the laws," according to the Times.

The big picture: Cameron will become the seventh African American state attorney general (including D.C.) in the nation. He joins:

  • Curtis Hill (R-Ind.)
  • Letitia James (D-N.Y.)
  • Kwame Raoul (D-Ill.)
  • Aaron Ford (D-Nev.)
  • Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
  • Karl Racine (D-D.C.)

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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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Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor's race

Bevin speaking at an NRA event in 2016. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said Thursday that he will not contest the results of the state's governor's race, conceding to Democrat Andy Beshear, LEX 18 News reports.

The big picture: Beshear claimed victory on election night, leading by a 0.4% margin in the final count. Bevin originally refused to concede and requested a recanvass, claiming that there had been unsubstantiated "voting irregularities."

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Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race

Kentucky's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, with lieutenant governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman, in Louisville. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

In an upset in the Kentucky governor's race, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear declared victory over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, who refused to concede but lagged, 49.2% to 48.8%, with 100% of the vote in.

Behind the scenes: Senior officials at the White House and Republican Governors Association thought Bevin would win, but nobody who was studying the race closely felt overly confident about that outcome.

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