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The news media are casting the Kentucky governorship as an upset win by Republican Matt Bevin over Democrat Jack Conway. Conway was leading by a wide margin in all the polls up to the election. However, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican Bevin had 511,771 or 52 percent of the 974,344 votes cast to Conway's 426,944 votes or 43 percent. Drew Curtis came in third with 35,629 votes or 3.6 percent.
This should not have come as a surprise. Sure the Democrat was the preferred candidate amongst the citizens of Kentucky according to polls, but voter turn-out was only 30.7 percent...or to put it another way, 69.3 percent of Kentuckians didn't care enough to vote. When Democrats stay home or go fishing on election day, Republicans win. It's always been that way nationwide.
The key issue according to some news sources was Kynect or "ObamaCare" and the expansion of Medicare, success stories for Kentucky Dems. Say bye-bye to those under Bevin. The other issues were Kim Davis and coal mining. The Kim Davis supporters came out in large numbers. They are passionate.
Elections held in off years like this ensure poor voter turn-outs, but especially by Dems. We never learn.