"If we can beat Bevin, we can remove Mitch McConnell", Denise Finley, a Beshear supporter who knocked on thousands of doors in Lexington during the campaign, told PBS NewsHour. "That he will help us make this transition".
"I mean if you look at this like what you check with a recount, where you go vote by vote and look for some systematic error, then yea, 5,000 seems like a lot", said Voss.
Comer said Bevin's request for a recanvass of Tuesday's vote count is understandable.
"We simply want to ensure that there is integrity in the process", Bevin said. He also called Bevin's refusal to concede "appropriate", which is certainly a word in the English language, though not one that applies here.
There is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky.
But Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez dismissed the suggestion that Democrats may seal their defeat next year by nominating a candidate who is too left wing for voters, instead predicting that Trump's divisive approach to the presidency would ultimately prove to be "terrible politics".
He's right about the blame game, but there's no evidence that Bevin gained 15 points; in fact, he was trailing Beshear, the son of a former governor, for much of the campaign.
The GOP operative said both parties are claiming victory from what he called a "mixed bag" of an off-year election. Muddying one of the night's most resounding Democratic victories, Bevin suggested baselessly on Wednesday night that there were "irregularities" in the voting process that led to his defeat.
The race was closer than usual in MS, with Hood playing up his opposition to abortion rights and gun control while also campaigning to expand Medicaid in the state, which Reeves opposed.
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed that Bevin would have lost in a rout had Trump not entered the fray. He exploited Bevin's feud with teachers over pensions and education issues, which resonated with voters. Bernie Sanders Wednesday night accused Republican lawmakers of "threatening to effectively overturn the Kentucky election". Trump had loomed large in the race as Bevin stressed his alliance with the Republican president. But even that contest could finish with a single-digit margin in a state Trump won by 28 percentage points three years ago.
In 2017 Virginia Democrats retained the state's governorship while coming within a hair of winning control of the state house of delegates for the first time in 18 years - a result that few had predicted was possible. But the successful candidates on Tuesday night were largely political moderates able to win over suburban voters in conservative areas. But Trump nonetheless declared, "He's done a fantastic job".
The Virginia results came in spite of the blackface scandal involving the Democratic Governor, accusations of sexual assault against the Lieutenant Governor and the jailing of a Democratic State Senator who had sex with a minor. One of those victories involved the election of Ghazala Hashmi who became the first Muslim woman elected to state Senate. In a development that shocked many, Democratic candidates won their majorities in the suburbs, an area long dominated by Republicans.
Kentucky and MS are traditionally red states, and Mr. Trump is in no danger of losing them in 2020.
In New York City, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams kept his seat with a reelection victory over Republican Joseph Borelli and Libertarian Devin Balkind.
A mobile billboard urges voters to cast ballots for Democrats outside Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia, Nov. 5, 2019.
Reeves' campaign got a boost when Trump campaigned in Tupelo, Miss., for him last Friday ahead of the election. "It shows that GOP attacks on Bernie and his agenda are likely to backfire-even in traditionally Republican states". While the Democratic vote rose by more than 80,000 compared to 2016, the Republican vote plunged by 500,000.