Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will face off against the state’s Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in November’s general election.
Bevin, bolstered by support from President Trump, will compete against Beshear in the Republican-leaning state. The race will be closely watched because of Bevin’s low approval rating among voters in Kentucky, a state Trump won by nearly 30 points.
Bevin faced an unexpectedly close primary challenge from state Rep. Robert Goforth. Bevin received 52% of the vote compared with 39% for Goforth.
Beshear won his primary with 38% of the vote in a tight three-way race. The last name Beshear is well known in the state, as Beshear’s father, Steve Beshear, served as governor before Bevin.
Republican Governors Association spokeswoman Amelia Chassé Alcivar labeled Beshear “a liberal politician and insider who thinks he’s entitled to the state’s highest office just because of his last name.”
After Bevin managed to retain the Republican nomination Tuesday, Trump tweeted out support for the governor, saying: “Congratulations to Governor @MattBevin on winning the Republican Primary for Governor tonight in the Great State of KENTUCKY. Matt, you are doing a fantastic job!”
A poll conducted in December showed Beshear winning a theoretical matchup with Bevin by an 8-point margin. The general election will be held on Nov. 5.