Yeah, they are.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Democrats’ claim of victory Tuesday in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, as well as the Democratic takeover of the Virginia state legislature, left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year tied to an embattled and unpopular president.
Many allies of President Trump rushed to explain away the poor performance of incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) as an anomaly, while other GOP veterans expressed alarm about the party’s failure in a state where Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016 — and where he just campaigned this week.
Although Bevin was controversial and widely disliked, he was also a devotee of the president, embracing Trump’s agenda and his anti-establishment persona. And in the contest’s final days, Bevin sought to cast his candidacy as a bulwark against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of Trump.
But Bevin’s attempt to nationalize his cause by stoking conservative grievances about the impeachment process was not enough to overcome his problems nor was Trump’s raucous rally for the governor on Monday — raising questions about Trump’s political strength as he faces a barrage of challenges and a difficult path to reelection.
Like I said, shaken.
Not that the Republicans are giving up without a fight.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
After a highly contested race, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is refusing to concede his seat, even though the race has been called in favor of his opponent by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on CNN, according to Fox News. The Associated Press also refused to call a winner due to the tight margin of the race.
Bevin, citing “irregularities” in the voting process, has decided not to step down until a recount. At press time, Bevin’s opponent, Andy Beshear, has 49.2 percent (711,955 votes) to 48.9 percent for Bevin. A Libertarian candidate, John Hicks, received 28,475 votes, or 2.0 percent of the vote.
This may sound like poor sportsmanship on Bevins part but he has every right to challenge these results, especially since he only lost by a little over 5,000 votes.
It is highly unlikely to change the outcome but doing so will also undermine most conspiracy theories that are definitely going to be put forward by the right wing.
Losing a deeply red state like Kentucky is no small feat, and it does not bode well for Mitch McConnell’s chances in 2020.
Clearly clinging to Trump’s coattails is not enough to win in Kentucky and there is no telling how worn and frayed those coattails will be by the time the impeachemnt inquiry has run its course.
In other words Mitch McConnell should be more shaken by last night’s election than just about anybody.