Trump campaigned aggressively for the Republican gubernatorial candidates, flying to Tupelo, Mississippi, last Friday to campaign for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who won the governorship, and led a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday for Bevin.
Republicans were hoping an off-year election with no statewide candidates on the ballot would help defuse the anti-Trump energy that powered previous cycles.
Bevin, the first Republican governor in Kentucky to preside over unified party control of the legislature, has had a controversial and bitter tenure in office, waging war against teacher pensions and picking fights with members of his own party. A federal judge blocked that law in March, but Governor Matt Bevin had said he would appeal the decision, the potential first steps in a multi-year journey to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
"It's pretty fantastic won Kentucky by 30 points and he had to go there last night to try to drag Matt Bevin across the finish line", Perez told Bloomberg Television. Even he seemed to get the stakes for himself.
In a speech to thousands of supporters, Mr Trump said a loss for Mr Bevin would be characterised as "the greatest defeat in the history of the world" by his critics.
"I have had some cliffhangers, it is another one, another cliffhanger [election] and let's see what happens", Bevin said from his Louisville campaign headquarters on a Facebook video uploaded by Fox News.
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Three state department officials will testify first in the televised hearings which have previously been held behind closed doors. Amid the blows raining down on the administration, there have been comments that give the president a degree of cover.
Meanwhile, Democrats seized full control of the legislature in Virginia for the first time in over 20 years.
Listen Democrats: winning one statewide race against a very unpopular (and unlikeable) incumbent by less than a half percentage point doesn't mean that Kentucky is in play for the general election in 2020. Cameron said in the campaign that his priorities as attorney general would be to tackle Kentucky's opioid epidemic and crimes against children, in addition to ensuring Kentucky does not become a so-called "sanctuary state" for undocumented immigrants.
And as for McConnell's re-election chances, while definitely in question, he is not as inept a politician as Bevin.
Josh Holmes, a Republican strategist in Washington who worked for a decade as chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), sees those results as "huge warnings" for Republicans.
A staunchly pro-Trump Republican governor in Kentucky faced what could be an upset loss in his reelection bid. That suggests his lead evaporated around the time Trump came to Kentucky to support him.
One thing that may not get talked about enough is that since Trump has been president, turnout has been very high in almost all elections. "It's a repudiation of one candidate in Kentucky". In the past three off-off year elections in Kentucky for governor (2007, 2011, 2015) turnout was hovering around 30 percent.
Still, while the election results may ease Democrats' fears about their impeachment efforts backfiring politically, Republicans are unlikely to alter their calculations about sticking with the president.