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Off-Year State Elections Prompt 2020 Speculation

Headline Roundup November 5th, 2019

Elections were held in more than 30 states Tuesday, some on a range of ballot measures and local issues, and others — like the gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Mississippi or the legislative races in Virginia — taken to resemble the first projections of how the public will vote in the 2020 presidential election.

Outlets from across the spectrum covered the nationally relevant elections throughout the day, featuring up-to-the-minute reporting and commentary tying the elections to the state and future of national politics.

Off-Year State Elections Prompt 2020 Speculation

From the Left
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WASHINGTON — The governor's race is too close to call in Kentucky, NBC News projects, one of three states with off-year elections Tuesday that will test both President Donald Trump's ability to motivate Republican voters in the midst of the impeachment inquiry and Democrats' chances of capitalizing on his unpopularity ahead of next year's presidential election.

Trump injected himself into two governors' races in the South, holding a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi, for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves last Friday and then traveling to Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday to boost Gov....

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From the Center
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Polls closed Tuesday in four states where off-year governor’s races and legislative elections offer a test of voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.

Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won’t necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control Congress after the general election next fall. But partisans of all stripes invariably will scrutinize the results of these odd-year elections for clues about how voters are reacting to the impeachment saga and...

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From the Right
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Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin was narrowly ahead Tuesday evening in the closely contested governor's race in Kentucky, where President Trump has called for an "angry majority" of GOP voters -- a nod to Richard Nixon's “silent majority" and Ronald Reagan's “moral majority" -- to send a powerful message to Democrats heading into the 2020 election season.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Bevin was leading Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, 49.4 percent (456,332 votes) to 48.5 percent (448,018 votes). But in a worrying sign for Republicans, Bevin was underperforming...

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