Federal Spotlight: Notable Election Results from Across The Country

November 7, 2019

2019 is an off-year for most states regarding elections, but some states held contests this past Tuesday where the balance of power changed in a very consequential way. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, first-term GOP Governor Matt Bevin appears to have been upset by Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear. The margin is within a single point, and Bevin has requested a recanvass of the election results. The GOP swept all other statewide offices in the Bluegrass State including electing the first Republican as attorney general since 1948, who is also the first African-American to win a race for that office. In Virginia, Democrats were successful in flipping both the House and Senate and will have the “trifecta” for the first time in over a generation. Look for major public policy changes to be enacted in the Old Dominion State now that Democrats control the legislative and executive branches. In Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves prevailed over his Democratic opponent Jim Hood to win the gubernatorial election by just over five points. The GOP will hold all statewide offices in The Magnolia State for the first time since Reconstruction.