Updated Nov 6, 2019

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.

Between the lines: Bevin has a 53% disapproval rate and is the second-most unpopular governor in the U.S., according to Morning Consult's Q3 polling. Trump's popularity in Kentucky, which he won with 62.5% in 2016, apparently didn't give Bevin a real edge against Beshear.

What they're saying: "The President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end. A final outcome remains to be seen," Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement Tuesday.

Go deeper: Trump slams Dems in rallying cry for Kentucky governor ahead of race

Editor’s note: This story is being updated as the situation unfolds.

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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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GOP Gov. Matt Bevin calls for review of votes after tight Kentucky race

Bevin before a Lexington, Kentucky rally on Nov. 4, 2019. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin formally requested a recanvass of votes for the state's gubernatorial race on Wednesday, after tailing behind Democratic opponent Andy Beshear by just above 5,000 votes, AP reports.

The big picture: A Democratic 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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