President Trump delivers remarks at his rally in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday night. Photo: Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump railed against Democrats' impeachment inquiry and made a last-ditch appeal at his campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky, Monday night for voters to back Gov. Matt Bevin, who faces a tough re-election fight.

Why it matters: Trump held the rally on the eve of the gubernatorial election, which the New York Times notes the president is "casting as a test of his strength" as he stares down the prospect of a possible impeachment in Washington, D.C.

If you win, they are going to make it like, ho hum. And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. You can't let that happen to me!"

The big picture: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared on stage at the rally, demanding news outlets identify the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry into Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

  • During the rally, Trump also hailed the strong economy and last month's killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a U.S.-led operation in Syria.
"While we are creating jobs and killing terrorists, the radical Democrats are going insane."

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Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Tropical Storm Zeta nears

Municipality workers clean the streets of garbage in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Tuesday that was left by Zeta, which struck the Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 Hurricane a day earlier — causing no major damage to infrastructure. Photo: Medios y Media/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and bring dangerous storm surge conditions to parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, ahead of the storm's expected arrival south of New Orleans.

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A screenshot of the Trump campaign website after it was hacked.

The Trump campaign website briefly went down and its "About" page was modified after hackers attacked the site Tuesday evening.

The big picture: With just seven days before the election, the hackers emulated the FBI and declared on the "About" page that: "this was seized. the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded [sic] daily by president donald j trump. it is time to allow the world to know truth." Two addresses linked to the cryptocurrency Monero appeared on the site. Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh in a statement said no sensitive data had been exposed in the attack.

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