While candidates bicker in Iowa and New Hampshire and most states went about their business as usual, a few states and many towns and cities held elections on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Being an off-year election, there were few elections, but every election matters, especially local ones. So take a moment, step back from thinking about the presidential election a year from now, and let’s take a look at what today’s results brought. 

While the results weren’t necessarily what many conservatives hoped for, it’s helpful to know where many people are right now and reflect on what we can learn from tonight’s elections to think about what we will be celebrating or mourning a year from now. 

And yes, this is your reminder to check your voter registration, update it, and know your polling place. 

KENTUCKY: Democrats win

Being from Kentucky, I’ve seen the fervor for and against Governor Matt Bevin first hand. He was challenged by Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is actually the son of the governor the state had before Bevin. Teachers really came out in support of Beshear, but Kentucky’s pretty red, and President Trump came through to support Bevin. Here’s how it shook out

With 99% reporting, Beshear was declared victorious, winning around 49.3% of the vote to Bevin’s 48.7%. A close race for the state!

MISSISSIPPI: Republicans win

Mississippi, like Kentucky, elected a governor yesterday. They’re a steady red state, so the Republican candidate, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, was favored. He’s being challenged by the state’s Democratic Attorney General,Jim Hood, and if Democrats won this solidly red seat, you wouldn’t hear the end of it for years. Here’s how it shook out. 

Republican Tate Reeves was victorious with the race. More votes are coming in but Reeves is expected to have around 52-53% of the vote. It’s also important to note that Mississippi elected it’s first female attorney general last night, a Republican woman, Lynn Fitch. 

VIRGINIA: Democrats win

While Kentucky and Mississippi elected governors, Virginia was holding legislative elections to pick representatives state wide. While everyone has preferred picks for each seat, Democrats are looking to take control of the legislature while avoiding some big name scandals in the state (Ralph Northam, anyone?).

Unfortunately, the Democrats took control of both chambers.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member