State government

Daniel Cameron becomes Kentucky's first African American attorney general

People cast votes in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.

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

Andy Beshear, with lieutenant governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman
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.