Eight States held off-year elections yesterday, the results of which could provide some insight as the country grows closer to the 2020 elections. Citizens of Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Colorado went to the polls yesterday, and here are the most important results.
Democrat Andy Beshear defeated incumbent Republican Matt Bevin in the gubernatorial (governorship) race, by a margin of just over 5,000 votes. Republicans won in every other statewide race; however Beshear’s victory could signal trouble for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY), who seat may now be in jeopardy. President Trump spent time campaigning for Bevin this week, hoping to retain full control of the state.
Republicans maintained control of the governorship, with Tate Reeves defeating Democrat Jim Hood by a margin of over 45,000 votes. Republicans retained control of the state houses.
Democrats gained control of both state houses, now holding 21 seats in the State Senate, and 53 in the State's House (compared to 18 and 42 Republican seats, respectively). With incumbent Democrat Ralph Northam in the Governor's Mansion, the party has won a majority in all state houses of government for the first time since 1994.
Democrats remained in majority in the State Assembly 40 to 14.
New York City passed five ballot initiatives, including Ranked Choice Voting, a much-anticipated change of the City's electoral system.
Maine passed two ballot measures.
Democrat Jim Kenney defeated Republican Billy Ciancaglini in Philadelphia's mayoral race, by a margin of over 180,000 votes.
The State passed an initiative to tax sports betting. The measure passed 685,739 "yes" votes to 671,598 "no" votes.