Kentucky has just elected a right-wing extremist for the governorship. Matt Bevin has been announced by the Associated Press as winning in an upset.
From the Daily Kos:
But given the sharp rightward trend in the Bluegrass State in recent years, Republicans always had an excellent chance to pick up this seat, particularly because popular Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was forced out by term limits. Bevin, however, did everything he could to piss away his chances. A lazy fundraiser with a thin skin, even the Republican Governors Association temporarily abandoned him an effort to whip him into shape with some “tough love.” Perhaps it worked, or perhaps Kentucky’s long march toward the GOP was just too much for Conway to overcome—and enough to help carry Bevin over the top.
Detractors also criticized Conway for running a weak campaign, and he’s often been viewed as too-slick candidate who doesn’t connect well with voters. But his failings were never as obvious as those of Bevin, who excelled at pissing off members of his own party in dramatic fashion. Still, the final results were nevertheless at least somewhat surprising, since not a single recent poll had found Bevin with the lead. Was this yet another polling fail, or did Bevin simply surge too late for surveys (the last of which was conducted a week ago) to detect? It’s something we’ll have to ponder.
Bevin is outspoken against the Affordable Care Act and the accompanying Medicaid expansion in his state. He has vowed to dismantle it as governor.
Congratulations Kentucky, you’re turning your state into a tea party, hell hole.
For more on this, read the article from the Huffington Post titled: “GOP Victory In Kentucky Governor’s Race May Threaten Health Insurance For Hundreds of Thousands (UPDATE).“