Republican Matt Bevin Wins Kentucky Governor’s Race in Blue Grass State … Defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53% to 44%
GOP TAKES KENTUCKY GOVERNORS SEAT …
Yes, yesterday was election day and in the Blue Grass state it was Republican Matt Bevin who was the easy winner for the Kentucky’s governorship over Democrat Jack Conway, 53% to 44%. What is almost impossible to believe is that Bevin will only be the second Republican to be governor of Kentucky in more than four decades. It was a big night for the GOP in Kentucky as they picked up four of the six independently elected statewide positions despite going into Tuesday with just one GOP officeholder. What was remarkable is that polls had this race dead even going into election day.
Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.
Bevin, a self-funding investment manager, rode a late surge of outside support from national Republicans to defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Bevin will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.
Polls prior to the vote showed a close race, with most surveys giving Conway, the state’s sitting attorney general, a slight advantage.
Bevin’s victory capped a successful night for Republicans, who picked up four of the six independently elected statewide positions despite going into Tuesday with just one GOP officeholder. Their victories included ousting state Auditor Adam Edelen, who was thought to be Democrats’ top pick to challenge GOP Sen. Rand Paul next year.
From Red State - Seven Questions About Matt Bevin’s Win In Kentucky.
Some of them are as follows, read the full story … How bad is public polling, or is Kentucky unusually hard to poll? How unpopular is the GOP Establishment? Is there a religious-liberty backlash on the way? How much do good candidates and political experience matter?
HOW LOW CAN THEY GO …
According to a new Gallup poll, the favorability for the Democrats has hit a record low following the disastrous loses in the 2014 midterm elections that saw them lose more House seats, lose control of the Senate and lose more governorships. Only 36% polled had a favorable view of the Democratic party, that is a 6% point drop from before the midterms. I think we can now understand why many of the races were not as close as projected and some races like the Senate election in Virginia was even close at all. The polling trend was against the Dems and it showed on election night. The GOP standing with 42 percent favorability, it is the first time since 2011 the Republican party has had a higher rating than the Democrats.
After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections. The Republican Party’s favorable rating, at 42%, is essentially unchanged from 40%. This marks the first time since September 2011 that the Republican Party has had a higher favorability rating than the Democratic Party.
These results come from a Nov. 6-9 Gallup poll, conducted after Republicans enjoyed a breathtaking sweep of important contests throughout the country in this year’s midterms. The party gained control of the Senate and will likely capture its largest House majority in nearly a century. Additionally, the GOP now controls 31 governorships and two-thirds of state legislative chambers.
How low can they go? Following the recent video revelations by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admitting they deliberately deceived the American people and called them stupid, look for Democrats poll numbers to fall even further.
WAVE ELECTION 2014 … Emperor Barack Obama Has No Clothes and No Authority To Tell Anyone His Radical Liberal Agenda is Wanted by Americans
Call it what you will, a political tsunami, tidal wave or butt kicking … the end result is Emperor Obama has no clothes, no radical leftist agenda and no future.
If last night’s 2014 midterm election was a Little League baseball game, they would have called it early on the mercy rule. If it was a high school football game they would have kept the clock running and if it were a boxing match they ref would have called the fight for the safety and health of the boxer. Make no mistake about it, the American people spoke and it was a complete and total repudiation of Obama, Democrats and their liberal, failed agenda.
- House Republicans are looking at their largest majority since 1928 according unofficial results from last night’s election.
- Senate Republicans picked up a net gain of 7 seats with 2 races still in question in Alaska and a Louisiana runoff that will most likely both go to the GOP.
- Republicans were supposed to have a net loss of governorships, yet now find GOP governors in the deep blue states of Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.
The era of the Barack Obama – Harry Reid gridlock is over.
Hmm … Look what happen when Team Obama, Democrats and the IRS are not affecting elections.
WOW, ANOTHER SHOCKING RESULT FROM THE BLUE, BLUE STATE OF MARYLAND …
The governors race in deep blue Maryland has been called for the Republican Larry Hogan. WHAT? That is correct, Republican Larry Hogan has defeated Democrat Anthony Brown. Not Hillary Clinton, not Michelle Obama and not even Barack Obama stumping for Brown in such a blue state like Maryland could get Anthony Brown over the finish line. But in the end, they failed. According to the Associated Press, Larry Hogan is projected to win with 52.1% of the vote, with 87% of precincts reporting. Mr. Brown won 46.4% of the vote. It was most certainly a surprise GOP gubernatorial pickup.
Larry Hogan is officially Maryland’s next governor, after Anthony Brown has made a concession speech.
Jessica Kartalija spoke with gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan.
The theme of the evening has been taxes and supporters say that when Hogan enters office, he will hit the ground running.
“We’re all so happy,” said Ellen Sauerbrey, the press secretary for the Hogan campaign. “The results that are coming in are a testament to the fact that it’s not just Republicans who are voting for us…it’s Democrats, it’s independents.”
“What a historic night in Maryland,” Hogan said. “They said it couldn’t be done here in Maryland—but together, we did it! I just received a very gracious call from Lieutenant Governor Brown. He was very gracious and congratulated me on being the 62nd governor of the state of Maryland.”
Hogan thanked Brown and current Governor Martin O’Malley for their service to Maryland. He also thanked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his help and called this the biggest upset in the entire country.
“Thanks to the help of everyone in this room, this is the largest mandate for change in Maryland in 63 years,” Hogan said.
Mr. Hogan’s win, coupled with a slew of Republican victories Tuesday night, is another example of Republicans winning a race where Democrats were considered to have a slight advantage. Florida’s governor’s race also went to a Republican, defying expectations, and Georgia’s Senate race—which was expected to be at the very least tight—went easily to Republican David Perdue.
Anti-Obama sentiment likely gave Mr. Hogan a boost, particularly as Mr. Brown—unlike most Democrats this cycle—didn’t shy away from appearing with the president over the course of his campaign. President Barack Obama stumped for him last month and urged voters to head to the polls, and Mr. Brown called the president a “friend, a partner and a leader.”
2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Race: Final Pre-Election Marquette Law School Poll Has Scott Walker (R) leading Leading Mary Burke 50% to 43%
With a week to go before the 2014 midterm elections, the final pre-election Marquette Law School Poll has Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading his Democrat challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43%. In the final days heading inti the election, it would appear the support is trending toward Walker as a previous Marquette Law School Poll conducted October 9-12, found the race tied among likely voters at 47%. As in most all elections, especially midterm ones, party voter turnout will be the key.
A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Another 3 percent say that they are undecided or that they do not know whom they will support, while 1 percent say that they will vote for someone else. Likely voters are those who say that they are certain to vote in the November election.
Among registered voters in the poll, Walker receives 46 percent and Burke 45 percent, with 4 percent undecided and 1 percent saying that they will vote for someone else.
“Shifting turnout intentions have provided most of the dynamics of the race this fall,” said Marquette Law School Poll director Charles Franklin. “While the results among all registered voters have varied between a tie and a 3-point Walker edge, the likely-voter results have ranged from a 2-point Burke advantage to the current 7-point Walker lead.”
According to RCP average polling Walker leads by 2% and trending up.
There is more than one factor behind the pro-Walker tilt in the new survey.
First, Republicans are expressing more certainty than Democrats about voting. In the new poll, 93% of Republicans and 82% of Democrats say they are certain to vote, reflecting a potential turnout gap. As a result, likely voters in Marquette’s new poll are a more Republican group than likely voters in its last survey.
Second, there is a sizable shift toward Walker among independents, who have bounced around in the polling. Independents were tied among likely voters two weeks ago but preferred Walker 52% to 37% in the latest poll.
Third, there is some decline in Burke’s image. Among registered voters, 38% view Burke favorably while 45% view her unfavorably. Among likely voters, 39% view her favorably while 49% view her unfavorably. Until now, Burke’s “positive” and “negative” ratings have roughly paralleled each other as she has become better known.